Concrete surfaces are known for their strength and durability, but when your concrete surface experiences heavy amounts of foot or vehicle traffic or when it is installed in a region where extreme cold and wet weather is a factor, even concrete can become stained or damaged. That’s why it’s important to weatherproof your investment so that you can keep it looking attractive and damage-free. Here are some common weather-proofing options to consider.
Weather-Proofing Your Concrete Surfaces
Outdoor concrete sealer
Concrete sealer works exactly like its sounds: it seals out moisture and protects your concrete surface from minor stains and signs of wear. This type of sealer is affordable and popular and is a great choice for decorative patios and driveways. However, it is not the best option for industrial or commercial locations with higher degrees of traffic, wear and tear.
Epoxy floor coatings are durable, water-resistant, and protect concrete surfaces from damage and abrasion. Stronger than a basic sealer, this treatment is best for areas that are not subject to direct sunlight, as UV rays can discolor epoxy coatings, giving them a yellowish cast. Epoxy is often used for inside garage flooring.
For higher degrees of concrete weather-proofing, consider a modified urethane coating. Urethane is durable, water-resistant, and is known to resist oil and chemical stains. Because of its durability, it’s a popular choice for areas like loading docks.
Waterproof stadium coating
Concrete areas that need protection from weather and foot traffic may benefit from waterproof stadium or deck coating. These treatments often contain anti-slip agents to keep pedestrians safe when the weather is damp or wet.
Why it makes sense to work with an expert
Many people prefer a do-it-yourself approach to concrete coating, but with so many variables to consider, a professional consultation is usually the most cost-efficient in the long run. At G-CAT Construction, our flooring professionals can evaluate the condition of your concrete and make a customized recommendation to fit your needs. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation, and let us help you protect the investment you’ve made in your concrete flooring.
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