WHY YOU SHOULD SEAL STAMPED CONCRETE
Be it an elegant new stamped concrete patio, an avant-garde walkway or a gracious pool deck, it’s essential to protect them with care. Using the right sealer on your investments will rejuvenate any existing stamped surface or ensure that your new stamped concrete will look great for many years.
Just like you wax your car for a shiny look or wear sunscreen to protect your skin, similarly sealing your concrete safeguards your investment. It will improve the way your stamped concrete looks, prevent the fading caused by UV rays and safeguard it from harmful chemicals and oil stains. It is recommended to seal after new concrete has cured and re-seal it every few years.
A variety of concrete sealers to choose from
Stamped concrete Sealing Toronto that has been sealed will have a glossy look and richer colour. Concrete sealers are available in many varieties from no-gloss to high-gloss. You can even use a tinted sealer to further enhance your concrete’s texture. Additionally, a sealer will help prevent efflorescence, which is a white powdery residue that can build-up on the surface. Slip-resistant sealers, which are especially useful around a pool, are also available, but may not be necessary since the concrete is already textured.
The right sealer protects you from stains
Another advantage of sealing stamped concrete is that you can protect against stains. Over the years, your stamped patio, walkway or pool deck can be subjected to many things that can leave stains on the surface – including chlorine, salt, chemicals, leaves, dirt, fertilizer, pet urine, and more.
With the right sealer, you can keep them all from penetrating the surface of the concrete and leaving bad stains. Especially for those living in colder climates, sealing your stamped concrete can greatly minimize damages from freeze and thaw. Over time, this damage can cause cracks or surface flaking and extend when water penetrates the concrete surface and then expands as it freezes.
Sealing stamped concrete will also ensure that the water doesn’t sink into your concrete. Water will bead up on the surface of the concrete when your sealer is doing its job. If this is not happening, it’s time to reseal your stamped concrete.
In conclusion, your sealer will enhance and protect your new or existing stamped concrete. When properly sealed and resealed, your stamped concrete’s life is greatly extended. In the hands of a professional contractor, your pool deck, patio or walkway can feature the right product at the right time.
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