Concrete is incorporated into many homes, whether it is for design purposes, structural integrity, or general areas. Although the installation, style, and material are vital to ensure it is durable, long-lasting, and virtually maintenance-free. The most important step is to truly ensure everything that concrete offers. A seal is and should always be applied to the concrete surface to ensure that the integrity is protected. Whether that be to stop stains or dirt, the liquid being soaked into the surface and causing damage or to prevent slipping and falls. Bay Area Concrete Contractors have been in the business for many years, our friendly staff and team of experts eagerly await your call for more information!
Why is sealant so important?
So you have your new concrete surface installed, and you think why should I seal it? Is concrete not meant to be one of the strongest materials? While concrete is an incredibly strong material, it is unfortunately not invincible and can still be damaged. When your concrete is exposed to conditions such as rain, sun, or snow, it can be damaged. The risk for damage, however, does not stop there. Car spills and oil can stain and damage your concrete surface if a sealant is not applied. The average lifespan of concrete can be between 30 to 50 years depending on the application. The operative word is “can” without the proper protection your concrete surface will be susceptible to damage and need to be replaced sooner.
Once your concrete has been installed, keeping it looking in top condition is one job, but keeping it functional is a different situation. With being exposed to harsh conditions and without the necessary protection, the concrete surface will be susceptible to cracking or even complete crumbling. When you take the extra step and seal the concrete with a professional application and a good quality sealant, you are locking in and increasing the durability that concrete as a material promises and ensuring that you are protecting your investment now and in the future.
Concrete may be a solid material, but it is also an incredibly porous material from the air that has been trapped in the mixing process. This means your concrete surface can absorb moisture if it is not protected correctly. Moisture such as freezing and thawing during cold and warm days can quickly cause cracking and damage due to absorption. The porous surface and risk of cracking however is not the only concern mold or mildew poses a big risk to homeowners. If the concrete is moist for a longer period without the chance to dry a green discoloration and smell can happen. Sealing your concrete removes this risk completely.
How often do I need to replace the sealant
Unfortunately, the sealant does not last forever and over time with constant exposure to harsh conditions and constant use, you will need to replace the seal. It is recommended to replace the seal of a concrete surface every 1 to 3 years minimum to ensure you do not leave the surface exposed and susceptible to damage.