Applying a concrete sealer to your concrete surfaces is a must for any conscientious commercial property owner. If you want your concrete surfaces to last and you want to avoid expensive repairs, a concrete sealer should play a key role in your regular hardscaping maintenance routine. In this article series, we’ll take a look at the process and products involved in effective concrete sealing.
Why Use Concrete Sealer?
Many people who install concrete are under the mistaken impression that it is a completely maintenance-free material. While concrete surfaces may not require some of the same amounts of upkeep as some other paving materials, concrete is not exactly maintenance-free.
Sealer Can Prevent Water Damage
The main reason you ought to consider using a concrete sealer is to keep your surfaces protected from water damage. If your commercial property is located in an area of the country that experiences freezing temperatures for part of the year, this point is especially applicable to your situation. The freezing and thawing cycle can cause problems for unsealed concrete.
Sealer Can Prevent Staining
Even if you live in a warmer climate, your concrete can still sustain damage from contaminants such as oil, dirt, and debris that get tracked onto your property by vehicles, equipment, machinery, and on people’s feet.
Sealer Can Help Your Concrete Surfaces Last Longer
Whether you have a fancy decorative concrete patio or a large industrial plant concrete floor or parking lot, sealing it is a smart choice if you want to protect your investment. A sealer can significantly increase the amount of time between your concrete surface’s initial installation and the first time it will need to be repaired or resurfaced. In fact, many property owners are thrilled to discover that when their sealed concrete surfaces begin looking scuffed or worn, all it takes to get them looking their best again is a careful cleaning and new application of concrete sealer.
How Do You Seal Exterior Concrete?
Some property owners take a short-sighted approach to maintaining their hardscaping and later learn to regret that choice. When their concrete is first installed and it looks great, they think they can get by without taking the time to seal it. Because of exposure to the elements, sealing outdoor concrete should be a high priority when it comes to your hardscape maintenance. The harsh outdoor elements such as wind and weather can wreak havoc on your concrete parking lots, sidewalks and patios. This lack of careful attention to detail often results in concrete surfaces that prematurely experience staining, flaking, and discoloration. In short, if you don’t seal your outdoor concrete, you’ll most likely wish you had!
If you value your property, finding out how you can protect and preserve it for years to come just makes sense. In our next article in this series, we’ll mention some of the specific types of products that concrete sealer offers protection from for your concrete surfaces. Then we’ll discuss characteristics you should look for when purchasing a sealing product for your commercial concrete surfaces.
Continue reading with Part 2 (coming soon).
If you are based around the Charlotte, North Carolina region and need commercial/industrial concrete services, feel free to contact us at CombsConcrete.com or call us at 704.875.9022 to find out more about the benefits of enlisting our dedicated service for all your concrete needs.