How does concrete react to the seasons here in Ohio?
Concrete goes though many changes during the seasons. Hot summers can cause concrete to expand resulting in cracks and surface defects. Cold winters can also cause surface defects, especially from the use of de-icing chemicals. These de-icing chemicals accelerate the freeze and thaw cycles. De-icing chemicals should be avoided. This also includes the salt that is used on roadways and brought onto your new concrete by way of vehicles parked on it. The best preventative measure you can take is to keep vehicles in your garage, especially during the winter.