Sealing your concrete:
Concrete is a surface that can last for decades if properly maintained. Treating your patio or driveway with concrete sealers will provide longevity and beauty. When applied properly, your concrete will become more resistant to harsh winter conditions, water, salts and even tough grease stains. G-Cat highly recommends sealing both stamped and traditional concrete annually. It is important to have a company with knowledge and experience to complete this task. If not properly prepared and cleaned, dirt and other stains can be trapped in the sealant, which can worsen the appearance of the concrete. This can also compromise the bond between the sealer and the surface. Applying the sealer without experience can create a streaky and uneven outcome. We always use the best product on the market and provide the best customer service whether your concrete was freshly poured or just needs a new glow.
Maintaining your concrete:
G-Cat will never cut corners when installing concrete. We always use the appropriate reinforcements and choose the best aggregate for your mix of concrete. This will reduce the chance of “pop-outs” from deleterious material. Pop-outs are primarily caused by pieces of aggregate particles absorbing large amounts of water, then expanding during freezing temperatures. The standard specification allows up to 5% of this material mixed into the concrete but the mix we use has only up to 2% included.
G-Cat recommends not using de-icing salts such as calcium or sodium chloride during the winter months. Never use ammonium sulfate or nitrates as a deicer, as these chemicals will destroy concrete surfaces. Applying clean sand for traction is the safest way to go.