Many people are well aware that their wooden decks, patios, sidings and fences will rot away with time and they need to apply properly sealants to keep their investment in tiptop condition. However, they do not realize that not only wooden or other less corrosion resistant materials need sealing, but their exposed outdoor concrete surfaces need maintenance as well.
Why You Should Seal Concrete?
If you are living in a house in Memphis and have installed a patio for instance thats comprised of concrete, then it is vital for you to take its maintenance seriously. We have all seen cracked, broken and spalled, chipped concrete basements, driveways, sidewalks and even walls in homes. Water is the main culprit here.
As moisture enters the cracks, fissures and voids in the concrete’s surface, the alternating cold and warm temperatures causes the water to contract and expand, hence ultimately destroying the internal bonding of the concrete material itself.
And this is not just the consequence of seeping water in its liquid or solid (ice) form. Even the moisture content in the air – known as humidity – can also adversely affect the concrete’s composition. In addition to hazardous forms of water, the concrete is also affected by oil, dirt, chemicals, grease and stains that can mar it.
Benefits of Sealing Concrete Surfaces
Now that we know what causes concrete surfaces to rot away and deteriorate, let us look at what benefits you can reap by sealing and coating concrete in Memphis:
Sealing concrete prevents accumulation of dirt and grease on the surface, and hinders penetration of chemicals, water, UV rays and other affecting elements.
Sealants make the concrete surface easier to clean and maintain.
They increase the durability and longevity of the concrete.
Unpleasant things like musty odors, spalling, crumbling, efflorescence, cracking, etc. are reduced.
Sealants penetrate deep inside the surface and fortify the corrosion resistance even more.
Apart from protecting the surface, they even bring out the true colors of your decorative concrete surfaces.
The concrete found in an outdoor living space around a Memphis home is an investment, and keeping its beauty intact is necessary. Maintaining your decorative concrete is as simple as making a call to SurfaceScapes, the experts in concrete coatings and repair in Memphis and surrounding areas. With a variety of solutions for the many different concrete issues that may face you today SurfaceScapes can provide minor maintenance like applying a clear sealant, to major renovations that could include complete concrete overhauls and decorative concrete coating applications for both residential and commercial projects. I little bit of maintenance goes a long way towards the longevity of your concrete.