Tuesday, 5 August 2014

How often should you seal your exterior concrete? Concrete Pool Decks, Patios, Driveways and Pathways - Sealing, Yearly Maintenance, Repair & Refinishing

Concrete Pool Decks, Patios, Driveways and Pathways - Sealing, Yearly Maintenance, Repair & Refinishing 


Now is the perfect time of year to look at your exterior concrete, especially if your concrete is exposed to the extremely hot temperatures we have in the Okanagan.  Applying concrete sealers are an essential part of finishing any indoor or outdoor concrete surface. Protect your concrete driveway and patio from weather, staining, oil/gas, salt, and water by making sure you have a surface barrier on your concrete.

How often should you seal your exterior concrete? 
Everyone has something different to say about how often to seal your driveway. Some say every 3-5 years, whereas others say every year. The determining factor here should be what sort of weather or climate zone your concrete is exposed to. Environmental factors, rain, snow, freeze/thaw zones, or high sunshine areas should be taken into consideration.

If your concrete is exposed to moisture, freeze/thaw zones and lots of sunshine or heat (like the weather here in the Okanagan) your concrete might require re-sealing and maintenance every other year. If your concrete is exposed to salt or notice your sealer is deteriorating, you might have to reseal yearly. If you ever notice cracks or chips, you should fix these problems immediately. If damaged concrete is left unrepaired, water can seep into the cracks this will quickly deteriorate the concrete.

How can I tell if my concrete needs resealing? 
Water should bead up on the surface of the concrete if your sealer is doing its job. If this is not happening, it's time to reseal your concrete. High traffic areas or highly acidic areas (exposure to salt, chlorine, vehicles) will likely need resealing on a more frequent basis. Properly maintaining your concrete saves money in the long run. Make sure you have a protective barrier on your concrete to get the maximum longevity of your investment.It is recommended you seal your brand new concrete after it is cured (28 days after it's poured). If you don't seal your concrete, water may seep into the surface pores of the concrete, which can eventually lead to surface or structural damage.
Above is a driveway MODE CONCRETE sealed in Penticton BC.

Concrete services we offer on pool decks, pathways, driveways, patios or concrete slabs:

  • Concrete cleaning 
  • High power pressure washing
  • Concrete maintenance
  • Concrete sealing (for stained concrete, aggregate concrete, or stamped)
  • Concrete patching
  • Concrete chip and crack repair
  • Adding anti-slip surface finishes onto concrete
  • Acid staining, eco-based water staining
  • Mildew removal
  • Moss removal
  • Troubleshooting water damaged concrete

We always offer expert concrete advice, superior workmanship and never cheap out on the products we use.  We only use the highest quality materials to repair, maintain or seal your concrete.  Whether your concrete is brand new, needs maintenance, or needs some repair... we are here to help.  People all over the Okanagan put their trust in Mode Concrete to get the job done right, with long term results.  We always offer free written estimates to our inquiring clients.  We always stay within the original estimated price and on schedule (weather permitting... we live in the mountains afterall!).

CONTACT us today for any of the services we discuss in this blog.

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