For years we have washed all types of concrete, pavers, and bricks and bring them back to life! After they are cleaned we can seal them for you to protect them and make them look beautiful again!
Many homeowners are aware that they need to seal their wood decks, fences and siding to reduce damage and discoloration from the elements such as ice, rain, and the bleaching effects of the sun. However, many do not realize that they should also be sealing their exposed concrete slabs for the same reasons.
Your home is an investment, and maintaining its beauty and durability can be as simple as spending a few hours of your time, and a couple of bucks on the right solutions. Some minor maintenance now can save you big money in replacement and repair in the future.
Why Should You Seal Concrete?
We’ve all seen broken, chipped, and cracked concrete sidewalks, basements and driveways. It’s all a result of concrete’s natural nemesis… water. As water and moisture enters the cracks, fissures and capillaries, alternating warm and cold temperatures can cause the water to expand and contract ultimately affecting the integrity of the concrete.
And, we’re not just talking about water in the form of liquid or ice. The amount of water in the air – humidity – can also have a negative affect on concrete.
In addition to elemental hazards, sealing your concrete also protects it from dirt, oil, grease, chemicals, and stains that can hamper its appearance and make it difficult to clean.
Many homeowners today are looking for ways to increase the longevity of their property and exterior surfaces. With home costs down, and the costs of materials and home repairs up, it only makes sense to maintain what you own. Proper maintenance will not only increase curb appeal but can add value to your home as well.
Concrete is one of those surfaces that can definitely add curb appeal and value, but can decrease it if it is not maintained properly. Concrete surfaces like driveways, in a general sense, do not have to be sealed or protected to perform well. As a matter of fact, a concrete driveway will last for years without being sealed, but once it begins to deteriorate it can be too late to stop it. Sealing a cement driveway is not hard and is something you can do in a weekend or hire a contractor to do.
There are many reasons to seal a concrete driveway, but one of the main reasons is to extend the life of your concrete and to keep it looking good for many years. Here are some other great benefits for concrete driveway sealing.
- Increases the concrete’s longevity
- Improves appearance and curb appeal
- Adds to the value of your home
- It is fairly inexpensive and easy to do
- Reduces spalling, flaking, and cracking
- Protection from oil spills and other stains
- Mold and mildew resistant
Oxidation from the sun can begin to break down the concrete causing it to age more quickly resulting in chips or flakes breaking from the top surface. In colder climates, moisture that penetrates the concrete can freeze and thaw continuously causing the concrete to shift, crack, and even heave or buckle. Mold and mildew can buildup on concrete that has not been sealed.
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