Concrete, by nature, is a highly porous material. If you leave the pours open to the elements it can break down rapidly. The most common breakdown, here in the Midwest, is caused by our road salts. In the winter, we salt everything to melt ice. The rock salts also can severely damage any sealer you may have on the concrete; then breaking down the concrete itself. Many garages, breezeways, lobbies, driveways, sidewalks, etc show signs of the chemical erosion when they are pitted. Pitted concrete is ugly, dangerous, and will eventually be costly if not repaired quickly and correctly. Its an obvious eyesore that can cause someone to trip or fall. It exposes the substrate to all kinds of erosive situations, and will begin weakening the entire floor if left unattended. If it were to get too bad, there would be 2 ways to fix it. An epoxy mortar overlay is the quickest and longer lasting option. Although it can be costly, the ultra fast curing times(12-24 hours) and super strong 15,000 PSI impact strength can make it worth the money. The other option is to pay a concrete pouring company to bring heavy machinery to rip out the existing slab of concrete, and pour a whole new slab. Then, after all that, you still cant use that floor for at least a week! No thank you.
To prevent all that from happening, you need to seal concrete. Then you need to maintain the seal on the concrete. It is far cheaper to seal and maintain then it is to rip out and re-pour, or prep and overlay.
Salt guard does exatly what its name suggests. It seals the concrete and it has a high chemical resistance, so it guards the concrete aginst salt. This is great for basically any bare concrete that is exposed to salt. Salt can be carried in on the bottoms of peoples shoes, in melted snow or ice, on tires....you get the picture. The upside of this service is that it is relatively inexpensive and worry free. Our experienced contractors will simply clean the substrate and apply the salt guard, which only takes about 15 minutes to dry. That is all there is too it.
If a really nice epoxy or urethane coated floor isn't for you, but you still want a good clean slab, then a water-based acrylic sealer is your choice. A light grind is all that is needed for the preparation, then the sealer is applied. Multiple coats of the sealer will cause the concrete to have a decent sheen to it. Make it easy to clean and protects the concrete. To maintain this, we simply have to clean the concrete and reapply more sealer! The dry time on water-based acrylic sealer is 30-45 min. depending on the ambient temperature.
Scrub and Seal
Sometimes all you need is good cleaning and an application of concrete sealer. Maybe you need to clean up some old oil or grease because the floor is slick? The slab isn't in bad shape, but you just want to be sure it stays looking great? An easy scrub and seal is the way to go.
Clear Coat Epoxy Sealer
Clear coat epoxy sealers are great for getting a modern look at a decent cost. We lightly grind the substrate and vacuum it clean. Then roll or squeegee out the clear coat. It can darken you concrete and add a beautiful shine, while maintaining the look of concrete. It is by far, the best protector against concrete erosion out of all the sealers.
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