Friday, May 1, 2009

Re-sealing your concrete

Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day...Unfortunately I don't have an update on the skate park in Urbana. It has rained all week, and I never got out there. I am not sure they even poured much, although they might have gotten a pour in today. Hopefully I can get an updated video on here next week.

Today I want to talk about resealing your concrete. If you have decorative concrete and have had it for a few years, it would definitely improve the look of your concrete if you reseal it. It is an easy do-it-yourself project if you have the right equipment and use the right sealer. Here are the steps:
  • Powerwash the concrete with 3500 psi or more to ensure all dirt and debris are removed.
  • All the concrete to thoroughly dry
  • Re-seal the concrete with a quality sealer using a sprayer or paint roller. We recommend using Super Diamond Clear by Euclid. You can typically find this product at your local concrete ready mix plant. You will not find it at your average hardware/lumber company. This sealer is not cheap, but it will also not yellow like some off the shelf brands.
  • Tip - two thin coats of sealer are much better than one thick coat! Don't put it on too thick.
  • We recommend you seal your driveway every couple of years to protect it from the road salts in the winter. Sidewalks, patios, and porches can be done every 2-4 years depending on their exposure to the elements.

For colored concrete, you will be amazed at the improvement once you reseal it. It may appear that the color is fading, but in most cases, that is not what has happened. Once the sealer is applied, the color will pop right back to where it had been when it was new.

I hope this gives you an easy project to spruce up your concrete for spring and summer. If you have any questions, or if you would prefer to get an estimate for us to come out and reseal it for you, give me a call or shoot me an email. I would also love to hear from you if this worked and improved your decorative concrete. Let me know how it turned out!

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