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Sidewalk Sealing: Protection from Weather and Salt

Sidewalk sealing in Lansing and throughout Michigan is essential. The number of freeze-thaw cycles Michigan has, combined with the practice of throwing down a lot of salt, guarantees an early death for unsealed concrete.

Benefits of Sidewalk Sealing

  • Extends the life of the concrete.
  • Provides a safer surface.
  • Protects concrete from weather, oil, salt, fertilizer, and even the sun.
  • Speeds up the melting of snow and ice that may settle on the surface.
  • Keeps the cost of other types of maintenance down.
  • Enhance the appearance of concrete and improves curb appeal.

Visit The Benefits of Concrete Sealing for a comprehensive overview of this essential concrete service.

Check out our FAQ About Concrete Sealing for commonly asked questions.

If you see commercial sidewalks that run next to buildings, you may have noticed that the few inches of sidewalk closest to a building appear much more pitted and worn down than the rest of the sidewalk. This occurs when salt is applied to icy sidewalks and is pushed toward the building by foot traffic and weather. The excess salt collects near the building, which is typically under an overhang. Rain and snow will wash away a lot of the salt on sidewalks but they don’t always reach the salt that has built-up next to the building. The salt sits on top of the concrete, slowly eating it away and causing an uneven surface. With regular application, concrete sealing can virtually eliminate this problem.

Reduce Disruption to the Flow of Business Traffic

Concrete work in high foot traffic areas can really disrupt business for several days. If you get a new sidewalk and entryway to your business it is expensive – not only for the project itself but for the lost business while the concrete is being installed and cured. Any business owner would want to avoid having to do this as much as possible. The best way to extend the life of your concrete is with concrete sealer.

We recommend penetrating sealer on common, non-decorative concrete like commercial sidewalks. It is an inexpensive sealer that is easy to apply but provides substantial benefits. Sealer can be applied within minutes and dries within an hour. It can be done during non-business hours.

Please read Commercial Concrete Sealing: Extend The Life Of Your Investment for more information.

Sidewalk Sealing for Your Home

Residential sidewalks encounter more foot traffic than other areas. Decorative or stamped concrete sidewalks should be sealed regularly. This type of concrete is expensive so protecting it just makes sense.

Related: Sealing Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete requires an acrylic-based, film-forming sealer. It sits on top of the concrete and creates an actual film or barrier. It makes the color and design pop and protects the surface of the concrete. Acrylic sealer lasts about 2-3 years, so a regular maintenance plan with a professional concrete sealing company like Precision Concrete is important for protecting the concrete for its lifespan.

Ready to Get Started?

Precision Concrete is happy to take a look at the areas you need sealing and provide a free estimate. Once the project is approved our team can typically complete the work in one day.


Have more questions? Check out our FAQ About Concrete Sealing.