Should you seal your concrete?

August 21, 2016

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, walkways or sidewalks, 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. Also, concrete being such a porous surface, it is VERY EASY for the concrete to absorb stains like irrigation rust, oil and vehicle fluid stains, and other contaminates. 

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 - we offer a 5 year warranty on flat surfaces and 10 year warranty on concrete tile roofs!

Besides the added benefits of sealing a concrete driveway or sidewalks, there are also negative effects that occur when concrete is not sealed that should be taken into consideration. Like anything else that is subjected to the elements, concrete can begin to fail prematurely.

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.

The good news is these situations can be reduced dramatically by a simple driveway sealing. A high-quality concrete sealer like Splash Proof, a product we stand firmly behind, will block the Florida sun’s harmful U.V. rays and protect the driveway from oil spills and stains while increasing the tensile strength by up to 30% reducing the chances of the concrete cracking as the heating and cooling of our Tampa Bay sun causes the concrete found on driveways and sidewalks to expand and contract between the expansion joints.

 

For the fairly inexpensive cost of sealing a driveway, it is certainly one of the best bangs for your buck when it comes to home improvements. A quality concrete sealer like Splash Proof nano sealer, will keep your concrete driveway, sidewalks and walkways looking new and performing well for many years to come.

Splash Proof is unlike any other sealant on the market. Using nano technology, this sealer is a true penetrating, V.O.C. compliant water repellent proprietary modified siloxane concrete sealant. This state of the art siloxane impregnates the substrate as deep as a half of an inch. The individual nano particles are so small (1/10th the size of an atom) they can deeply fill every capillary and pore found throughout the concrete surfaces - Sealing your concrete surfaces from below the surface. Because this nano coating can penetrate so far into the concrete, water or other contaminates just simply CAN NOT soak into the pores staining it or creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew. 
This product is great for ANY concrete surface. Sea wall cleaning and sealing, parking garage cleaning and sealing, star way cleaning and sealing, community sidewalk cleaning and sealing, community concrete curbing and concrete gutter cleaning and sealing, concrete driveway cleaning and sealing, concrete retaining wall cleaning and sealing, and just about any other concrete surfaces. No more mold - no more seasonal pressure cleaning - no more ugly concrete!

 

 

 

 

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