Concrete Sealing

Why Should You Seal Concrete?

 

Whether your patio is plain concrete, colored concrete, stamped  concrete, or exposed aggregate, sealing after the slab has cured, as  well as every few years after, is recommended as part of the maintenance  plan. A sealed concrete patio will have a rich color and, if desired, a  glossy sheen . You can even select a tinted sealer that will further  enhance the color of your patio. For colored patios, a sealer will also  help prevent efflorescence, which is a white powdery residue that can  form on the surface. Slip resistant sealers are also available and are  great for using on patios near outdoor cooking areas, where sprinklers  may get the concrete wet or in humid climates.

Stain  protection can also be achieved by sealing your concrete. In the great outdoors, there are a number of things that can leave unsightly stains on the surface of your patio – leaves, dirt, fertilizer, pet urine, oil, spilled drinks and much more. The right sealer will keep all  of the above from penetrating the surface of the concrete and leaving  an unsightly stain.

Sealing your concrete patio will reduce the chance of freeze thaw damage to the surface of the concrete. Freeze thaw damage can cause cracks or surface flaking, which is caused by water penetrating the  surface of the concrete and then expanding as it freezes. A sealer will  keep water from sinking into the patio and creating this damage. You  know your sealer is working because water will bead on the surface. When  this no longer happens it is time to reseal your patio. High traffic  areas of your patio may need resealing on a frequent basis.

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