Care and Maintenance

One the most common questions asked is “How do I care for my concrete in the winter”.  Any water allowed to lay or pool during freezing temperatures will damage any concrete piece.

Pieces with stain:

To ensure the longevity of the colour it is ideal to protect it from the winter elements we recommend bringing into garage or garden shed. The following recommendations will help ensure your concrete purchases give years of enjoyment.

Statues:

Statues with designs that may retain or collect water should be tipped, or stored upside down, covered, or stored indoors to stop water from collecting; i.e. a garage, gardener’s shed or basement are all ideal.

Fountains, Birdbaths, Planters:

  1. Drain bowl thoroughly.
  2. Remove pump and store indoors.
  3. Small birdbath bowls or fountains may be inverted so water will not pool inside
  4. Large bowls can be covered with heavy-duty plastic sheeting and secured tightly

Tips for Handling Concrete:

  • Metal garden carts need a protective layer or piece of cardboard. Concrete sitting on the metal flatbed and then being pulled along an uneven surface can cause the piece to bounce, and thus  chipping on edges will occur.
  • When using a dolly cover it with a protective layer like cardboard as any edges of concrete statue will break if bounced or laid against the metal bars of dolly.
  • It is better to use two people on heavy pieces than attempt with one person. Using wings, arms or hands of statue as lifting handles, or one person rolling a concrete piece along any ground will chip the piece.