How to Maintain and Protect Your Concrete From Cracking, Pitting, and Crumbling
Why Does Concrete Fail?
Concrete is pretty amazing. It can be poured, shaped, and made into just about anything. While it may be incredibly strong, it is certainly not indestructible. When you stumble upon concrete that is sunken, cracked, pitted, flaked, or stained, there are reasons that these things happen.
What Lies Beneath
Poorly compacted or dry soil can result in settling and shrinking, creating voids under your concrete that will eventually lead to cracks and sinks. Conversely, once these cracks and crevices are left by dry or poorly compacted soil, water from flooding has an easier pathway under the concrete slab, leaving the soil too wet and weak to support the concrete above it.
Moisture is Concrete's Strongest Enemy
Moisture seeps into the pores of untreated concrete, and when temperatures drop, especially during freeze-thaw cycles, trapped moisture expands and turns into ice. This expansion destroys the pores and weakens the concrete, resulting in concrete that pits and flakes. Concrete's porous nature also makes it susceptible to staining when left untreated.
The Seal of Protection
Protecting your concrete is an investment that will last. While you could buy a DIY solution at your local big-box store, the application is messy, and it usually needs to be reapplied every few years which can get expensive. Unlike concrete sealers found in big-box stores, SealantPro by Supportworks is a state-of-the-art material that bonds with concrete on a molecular level, permanently protecting it from water, dirt, and other contaminants in just one coat. Once applied, SealantPro dries in minutes and is fully cured in just six hours, making your concrete usable the same day of application. It is a simple, fast, economical, and effective way to seal your concrete.
Your concrete is one of the first things someone sees when visiting your home. So if your concrete slabs are stained or mismatched it can bring down the overall appearance of your home. DecoShield by Supportworks is a translucent, tinted concrete sealer that can add a unique visual appeal to your home's concrete while also preventing pitting, flaking, cracks, and other moisture-related issues. Available in six styles, you can choose the look of your newly protected concrete.
If you're looking for an effective way to preserve and fortify your concrete, SealentPro, and DecoShield are the top choices for the maintenance and protection of your home's concrete. To learn more, call us, or visit us online for your free estimate.