There are several benefits to concrete sealing in Lansing. Michigan’s extreme variations in weather are hard on concrete – any driver in the Mitten state who has hit a pothole knows this all too well.
Even though concrete appears to be really solid and we think it lasts forever – this isn’t the case. Concrete is actually really porous and can trap air and moisture. Freeze-thaw cycles (Michigan has many) wreak havoc on concrete and cause it to break down faster. When liquid, like rain, is trapped in concrete and freezes, it expands and causes cracks, surface flaking, and crumbling. Over time this will destroy a concrete surface that is not sealed.
Concrete Sealing: Extend the Life of Your Concrete
Concrete sealer prevents water from getting trapped in the concrete, extending its life and saving you money in the long run. You will not have to fix or replace it as often.
Both residential concrete work, like driveways and patios, and commercial concrete work, like large expanses of sidewalk, are big investments. That’s why it’s critical to seal fresh concrete and have your project resealed on a regular basis. It is an important extra layer of insurance and protection.
Reasons to seal your concrete:
- Extend the life of your concrete.
- Provide a safer surface.
- Protect your concrete from weather, oil, salt, fertilizer, and even the sun.
- Speed up the melting of snow and ice that may settle on the surface.
- Keep the cost of other types of maintenance down.
- Enhance the appearance of your concrete and improve curb appeal.
If you have specific questions about Concrete Sealers, check out our FAQ About Concrete Sealing.
Types of Concrete that Should be Sealed
Concrete, exposed concrete, stamped concrete, decorative concrete, brick, and stone are all types of surfaces that can benefit from being sealed.
Residential Areas Perfect for Concrete Sealing
- Garage floors
- Basement floors
- Pool areas
Residential concrete sealing will protect your investment and enhance your curb appeal.
Commercial Areas Perfect for Concrete Sealing
- Retail, office
- Multifamily living units
- Office Parks
- Industrial facilities
- Airports, runways
- Loading Docks
- Pool areas
- Building entryways
- Parking lots
- Basketball courts
- Shop Floors
- Warehouse floors
Commercial concrete sealing is one of the best investments you can make to maintain the condition and appearance of your commercial property.
Concrete Sealing Repels Harmful Substances
We tend to think of solid, hard surfaces like concrete as indestructible. The truth is the things that most commonly destroy concrete happen slowly over time. Weather, oil, salt, fertilizer, and even the sun can damage and deteriorate the surface and weaken the structure underneath.
Concrete sealer shields the surface from anything splashed, dripped, or thrown onto it. De-icing salt is one of the most common threats to the life and appearance of your concrete.
How salt damages concrete
De-icing salt damages concrete in two main ways:
1) The chemicals in the salt react with the surface of the concrete, causing cracking and crumbling.
2) Salt lowers the freezing point of water and increases the pressure of frozen water, intensifying the effect of the freeze-thaw cycle.
The solution: concrete sealer
Improve the Appearance of Your Concrete
Driveways, sidewalks, and other outside concrete surfaces are constantly exposed to the elements. Precipitation, sunlight, salt, and more. These elements can cause concrete to become discolored and look dingy or old. Sealers keep your concrete’s color intact and protect it from the elements.
Sealing is particularly important with stamped and decorative concrete. Not only is this type of concrete functional, but it is meant to look good and enhance the aesthetics of the area where it is located. Stamped and decorative concrete are also more expensive than traditional concrete, so protecting your investment with sealer makes sense.
Types of Concrete Sealer
There are two main types of concrete sealers that are used for different purposes, penetrating and acrylic. It is important to use the right type of sealer on the specific type of concrete you are protecting. Variations of these types of sealers are available at big box stores, however, the best formulas on the market for the best prices are only available to concrete sealer contractors. It is worth your time and money to have professionals seal your concrete for you.
Penetrating sealers soak into the concrete to protect the entire structure of the concrete. They do not leave any sealer on the top of the concrete. This type of sealer is used on non-decorative concrete like driveways, sidewalks, entryways, loading docks, etc. When applied correctly, you can expect a penetrating sealer to last 5-10 years. Sealer on higher traffic areas like driveways will last about five years.
The second type is an acrylic-based, film-forming sealer. It sits on top of the concrete and creates an actual film or barrier. This is used for stamped and decorative concrete. It makes the color and design pop and protects the surface of the concrete.
Acrylic sealers don’t last as long as penetrating sealers since UV light and abrasion tend to break down the sealer. Acrylic sealers will last about 2-3 years on a sidewalk and about one year on a driveway. With stamped and decorative concrete it is important to have a regular maintenance plan to keep your concrete protected for a long time.
Concrete Sealer Reduces Maintenance
For busy homeowners and business owners, anything done to reduce maintenance is a win, especially if it saves time and money in the long run. If you opt to seal your concrete you are not only extending the life of the concrete, you are also reducing maintenance costs and efforts in the following ways:
- Reduces the frequency of repairs and replacement
- Extends the life of your concrete investment
- Prolongs the appearance of your concrete, reducing pitting and abrasion by salt
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.