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Is Concrete Sealing Necessary?

The average concrete driveway is exposed to all manner of weather conditions over the years. As moisture combines with fluctuating hot and cold temperatures, it causes concrete to contract and expand. Over time, this can weaken the concrete’s composition, resulting in cracks in your driveway. Additional substances such as oil, dirt, grime, chemicals, and grease can also mar the beauty of your driveway.

Benefits of Concrete Sealing

Sealing your concrete can protect it from cracking, staining, and deteriorating before its time. The following are some of the main benefits of sealing concrete surfaces:

  • Prevents dirt and grime from accumulating on the concrete surface
  • Keeps water, chemicals, oil, sun’s UV rays, etc. from penetrating the concrete
  • Fortifies concrete composition to reduce crumbling, cracking, and spalling
  • Extends the lifeline of your driveway or flooring
  • Facilitates cleaning and maintenance of concrete surfaces
  • Brings out the color and beauty of the decorative concrete surface

Sealing plays a key role in the maintenance and care of concrete surfaces. Sealing facilitates the upkeep and cleaning of these surfaces to retain their attractive appearance longer. A concrete sealant will help strengthen your driveway, concrete patio, deck, etc. against exposure to the elements, abrasion and oil, grease, or chemical stains.

Proper application of a concrete sealant is important to get the most from this process. At Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning, we can help you select the right sealant for your flooring to capitalize on your investment. We’ll also ensure the process of cleaning and sealing is conducted in a timely and efficient manner so you benefit from professional results.

Positive Effects of Sealing a Concrete Surface

A good sealant will enhance the safety, appearance and performance of your concrete driveway, patio, deck or other exterior concrete surface. These positive effects will make sealing well worth the cost.

Safety

Safety is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a sealant. This is especially important if the area you are sealing receives a lot of traffic, such as a driveway or outdoor patio. Penetrating sealers produce no gloss after applying, making it more slip resistant after drying to reduce the risk of accidents. By testing your sealer in an inconspicuous section of your concrete surface under wet and dry conditions, you can get a better idea of its safety standards.

Aesthetic Appearance

Driveway sealants are similar to paints in that they are available in gloss, semi-gloss, matte, and satin finishes. Film-forming sealants tend to bring out the color of a decorative concrete surface, whereas penetrating sealants do little to enhance concrete hues. A matte sealant finish will give your driveway or patio the look of natural stone, which many homeowners prefer today.

Performance

Driveway sealers generally last for several years, depending on the quality of your product, weather conditions and extent of driveway use. Having your driveway professionally cleaned and sealed can enhance the performance of your product. Working with concrete experts will make a tremendous difference in the beauty and function of your exterior concrete flooring.

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