So how do I know if my Concrete Driveway needs Sealed or not? There is a very simple test you can perform, all you will need is a cup of water. Be sure the Concrete Driveway is dry and then pour a little bit of water onto the Driveway. If the water soaks in right away then there is no Sealer on the Driveway and it will need to be Sealed. If the water beads up then there is already Sealer on the Driveway. Be sure to test several areas.
Another question we get a lot. So the very end of my garage floor where the garage door closes is outside and this area is flaking, chipping or scaling really bad, but the rest of my Concrete garage floor is OK, what causes this area to deteriorate? All exterior Concrete (Driveways, Sidewalks & Patios) have air inside the concrete so in the winter when the Concrete freezes the water has an area to expand. On basement and garage floors (interior Concrete) the Concrete is ordered with no air. The reason for no air is it makes it easier to finish the Concrete. I’m sure you have seen Concrete finishers out in the middle of the slab on knee boards working the Concrete, well the less air that’s in the Concrete the less likely the Concrete will stick to there boards making finishing the slab much easier. So this is why that strip of Concrete that is outside beyond the garage door will deteriorate over time. Very important to have this area Sealed with a Penetrating Sealer.
Below is an example of what a Concrete Driveway looks like if it is not properly Sealed before the salt and ice can damage it.
So we have a lot of customers calling us asking what is the best type of Concrete Sealer to apply to our Driveways. There are a lot of different types of Concrete Sealers out there on the market. Were going to talk about two of them that we use for our everyday business. The first is an Acrylic Sealer. This type of Sealer is especially good for Stamped Concrete Patios because it gives the Stamped Concrete a nice shine and gives it a natural look. This Concrete Sealer can also be used on Concrete Driveways but will normally only last a season or two. Because this Concrete Sealer stays on the surface it wears off very quickly and must be reapplied every few years. Another downfall of using this type of Concrete Sealer on a Concrete Driveway is that it can leave the Concrete looking splotchy. Especially when applying on a new ConcreteDriveway, because it traps the moisture inside the Concrete where the Sealer was applied heavy. Another helpful note when spraying this type of Sealer is to use a heavy duty metal can sprayer to apply the Sealer. Any Concrete specialty store should offer these Sprayers. Do not use a plastic sprayer the Sealer will destroy the rubber gaskets almost instantly.
The Second type of Concrete Sealer were going to talk about is a Penetrating Sealer. This type of Sealer should not be used on Stamped Concrete. Depending of what type of Penetrating Sealer you use, some Sealers require you to wait the full 28 days until the Concrete is cured all the way before applying. We use a Penetrating Sealer that can be applied only 3 days after the Concrete is poured. What we really like about this type of Sealer is that when applied correctly it leaves the Concrete looking exactly the same with no splotchy or discoloration areas. Most Penetrating Sealer can last up to 10 years. The reason is because it penetrates into the Concretes surface and reacts with the lime inside the Concrete, the same way a colored acid stain would react with the Concrete. Any type of sprayer will work with these types of Sealers. Be sure to read the label because some Penetrating Sealers require the surface of the Concrete to be wet before applying, and then keeping the surface wet for up to 30 min. But the best way to be sure your Concrete Driveway is Sealed correctly is to call us and have it professional Cleaned and Sealed. Contact us today for a Free over the Phone Estimate.
Being a Concrete Contractor we know how expensive it is to replace Concrete. With the explosion of building going on in the Cincinnati area builders are throwing up houses left and right. To save cost builders are using low grade (3500 psi and lower) Concrete with no rebar or fiber mesh. We know this because we have worked for plenty of them. This is why it is so important to have your Concrete Professionally cleaned and Sealed. All Concrete is porous, meaning water will absorb into the surface. With the weather we have here in Cincinnati constant freezing and thawing, this does a number on the Concrete surface, which i’m sure all of you have seen just driving through any subdivision. When we get freezing temps. the water expands and causes the surface of the Concrete to chip, flake or pop. Having your Concrete Sealed will help eliminate the amount of water the Concrete absorbs. With the average cost of a Driveway tear out and replace being around $10 sq. ft. Having your Concrete Sealed will save you money in the long run. Our Penetrating Sealer can last up to 10 years. Call us today for a free over the phone estimate or visit our website.
Winter is upon us! Is your concrete protected? Whether your concrete is brand new or twenty years old it should be protected from winters harsh elements. Walkers Concrete cleans, seals, and protects concrete. Using a penetrating sealer will help protect your concrete for up to 10 years. We have lots of homeowners contact us daily asking about sealing there concrete. There are many reasons why you need to seal your concrete but the main reason is to protect it from the salt brought in from your vehicles. Freezing and thawing is another huge problem. Because concrete is porous it absorbs water and then freezes and causes the surface concrete to fail. Contact us today for a free over the phone Estimate.