Winter in the Fort Wayne area hasn’t been that bad. Not much snow and not much ice – I think I shoveled my driveway only twice all Winter long (and never did get a chance to break out the snow blower and fling the cold stuff back into my face).
As the cold air turns warmer and the days get longer, you”ll probably start thinking about all the outdoor projects that either need to be done or the ones that you’d like to accomplish (at least I do).
Look around your property . . . have you noticed your driveway, sidewalk or garage floor? Did the cold weather, plus a number of other factors do a number on your concrete surfaces over the last few months? Does it seem to be getting worse each year?
You know, it’s not going to get any better – only worse. If you get all warm and tingly with the thought of having to spend a ton of cash on having your concrete ripped out and redone, then go for it. But if you’re like most people, you’ll want to do something to prevent things from getting to the “beyond repair” level.
Many people in the concrete industry like to describe your concrete to a “big hard sponge” – it’s porous and water soaks right down into it. Go ahead and go check your concrete . . . pour some water on it and what do you see? The water is darkening the surface and soaking right down in – isn’t it?
Why Is Having Your Concrete Sealed Important?
When water freezes in all the tiny capillaries of your concrete, it expands up to 9% and begins breaking apart your concrete causing pitting and scaling (if you’ve ever put a can of pop in your freezer & forgot about, you already know the damage that frozen liquid can cause).
Most ice melting products (either dripping off your vehicle or thrown down on the surface by you) can cause some serious surface damage to your (unsealed) concrete. Ice melt products attract moisture to themselves to form a liquid brine which generates heat and melts ice – the damage to your concrete occurs not from the ice melting product itself but from the effects of the freezing point of water. When the freezing point of water is lowered (by creating a brine), the number of freeze/thaw cycles increases and the expansion of freezing water (hydraulic pressure) can exceed the strength of your concrete.
The Good News Is – There Is An Easy Fix!
We’ve got a solution to your concrete problem. Our Concrete Protector sealer protects against salt damage, water damage, is not harmful to plants or pets and best of all, it doesn’t cost you an arm and leg to have it installed.