Summer is in full swing! With the warmer weather and the days getting longer, it’s the perfect time to take care of any exterior maintenance you’ve been putting off until now. Specifically, we’re talking about your concrete. Stamped concrete, decorative concrete, and traditional concrete alike all require periodic care on the part of the owner to ensure their longevity and prolonged beauty. This has nothing to do with the quality of the individual concrete patio or concrete driveway; just like your roof, siding, and gutters, your concrete is exposed to the elements 24/7. Of course, it would need a little help to stay strong in the face of that!
One particular maintenance task that many homeowners are unaware that their concrete needs is resealing. Sealer is a tough, typically clear product that is applied in a layer over your concrete. It protects your concrete from everything from rain to the friction of car wheels. While resealing isn’t rocket science, different types of concrete do take to the process a little differently. Today, Creative Concrete, a team of residential concrete contractors, provides a few guidelines for resealing traditional concrete below.
When Resealing Traditional Concrete, More isn’t Always Better
In essence, concrete resealing is the process of using an applicator to spray or roll over clean and dry concrete. It can be tempting to be very liberal with the application of the new sealer—in other words, to spray it on as thick as you can. More will keep your concrete safer for longer, right? Not quite. Too much sealer can puddle unflatteringly and take a long time to dry. It also can trap moisture near the concrete layer, which can cause the sealer to turn white. Apply the sealer in two thin coats to ensure this doesn’t happen.
Other things to keep in mind:
● Armor yourself well before beginning | Concrete sealer isn’t something you want to get all over yourself. Wear gloves, goggles, long sleeves, and tough boots you don’t mind getting messy.
● Generally, traditional concrete is easier to reseal yourself than stamped concrete | This is because you won’t have to worry about sealer collecting in low points or going on too thin on the ridges.
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