Although concrete is one of the toughest materials around your home or business, it still needs care and maintenance. Sealing your concrete surface is a vital part of protecting your driveway, patio, or sidewalk. Winters in Kansas City, Minnesota, and the rest of the Midwest can cause your concrete surfaces to quickly deteriorate. Replacing concrete is a tedious and expensive process. Depending on the amount of concrete, replacing the slab can cost more than $10,000! Sealing your concrete is a more affordable and easier solution than tearing out and replacing your patio or driveway.
The concrete surfaces around your commercial or residential property play an important role in allowing people to walk, drive, or relax around your home or business. A damaged concrete slab is not only ugly, but it can also be a tripping hazard, in addition to damaging vehicles or equipment. It’s easy to forget about your concrete surfaces, they do their job well with little maintenance. We usually only notice them when there is a problem. Concrete sealing can help keep your surfaces looking nice and prevent damage that can cause problems.
As we said above, harsh winters can give your concrete a beating. Combine the weather with de-icing materials and you have a recipe for a damaged slab. This combination of weather and chemicals can cause a variety of concrete problems, such as concrete spalling and scaling. De-icing material like salt and some chemicals can damage the concrete, allowing water to penetrate below the slab’s surface. If the concrete is unsealed, the water will fill the holes, cracks, and pores of the slab. When the water freezes, it expands, putting tremendous pressure on the concrete, weakening the slab.
A concrete sealant from a reputable contractor will prevent water from entering the surface of the concrete. The sealant provides a barrier from water, snow, and ice, along with salt and other de-icers.
No one likes to spend money on repairs and maintenance, but spending a little now can prevent you from spending a LOT later. The cost to replace concrete runs around $7-$10 per square foot. The average residential two-car driveway is 16 feet by 38 feet, or 610 square feet. We’ll do the math for you: $4270 to $6100. Of course, prices vary for many reasons, but this gives you a rough estimate. The average cost to seal a driveway in the United States is $0.17 to $0.25 per square foot. For the same size driveway, your cost would be around $103 to $152.
It’s easy to see how much sense it makes to do a little maintenance on your concrete before it comes to the point where it needs to be replaced.
The advantages of concrete sealing go beyond monetary savings. The sealant will protect the concrete from water, chemicals, and other liquid penetration while strengthening the surface. A protective seal will help prevent scaling, spalling, and leaks.
If you live in an area that has harsh weather, you must protect your concrete from the elements. Although concrete is hard, it is made up of a porous material that will soak up the water just like a sponge. Water that penetrates the surface will cause damage when it freezes and expands. De-icing materials causes the water to expand even more, causing more damage to the concrete.
Protect your concrete with sealing and other services from a trusted contractor like Pro Foundation Technology, Inc.