Patio Sealing Calgary
Managing a household should not be an extra, it should be a vital part of the household’s upkeep. Keeping the integrity of a property is considered as one of the most important protective preparations that completely protects your property from further repair.
Concrete sealing should never be considered as an extra service that you would only get on the hours that you are free or when you are in preparation of putting your property on the market. Patio sealing is simply not a service you get, but a vital level of protection for your property.
With that, it is important to look at what professional sealing concrete can do to your property value and how a matte finish or wet look can work for you and your property. Discover everything you need to know about concrete sealing and what Concrete Experts can do for you! No need to look for the best (solvent based) sealers yourself, we do all the work for you.
What is the importance of the sealing process?
Concrete sealing is a very important process that ensures protection for your outdoor facilities. It comes with many different advantages, such as:
1. Protection for your facilities
However you decide to apply the sealer and regardless of the sealer that you will be using, it is important that you use sealing concrete for the protection of the property. Keep in mind that your outdoor properties are exposed to many elements. There are a lot of harsh substances that can eat away at the pool decks or have an effect on the stone or coat of the property.
Simple moisture left over time can cause you some serious problems on the property. Getting a gloss sealer or a sealant can mean the difference between keeping your property value and having to face some challenges along the way.
2. Rejuvenation of Outdoor Property
If you bought an old property and you are looking at flipping it, getting some pavers and getting them to work on the property with some gloss sealers to help you with the property value. Old property may just need a little rejuvenation and it should already be ready for you to sell.
3. Protecting market value
When you use concrete based sealers or any sealer for that matter, you should be able to protect your property’s market value. Over time, a lot of things may happen on your property. There might be exposure of your property and you may have to spend money just to get the property back to its original glory if you are looking to sell.
That’s where Concrete Experts comes into play. By hiring pavers and getting professionals to apply the sealer, you are definitely protecting your property’s market value for future sales. Keep in mind that there may be a lot of things that your patio may face within a span of 24 hours – weather, moisture, and just the normal processes can affect your property value.
Sealing concrete: how does it work?
Sealing concrete on patios works on any surface. A good concrete patio should be able to keep any new surfaces from rust and also seal old surfaces so it looks new and has that new gloss look. This also makes sure that the patio looks good.
But, how does the process work?
The process of sealing concrete on any surface starts at the part where you would prepare the surface. Whether you get the job done by a professional or not, you need to make sure that you properly prepare the surface for it.
Preparing the surface
Preparing the surface is the right first step towards making your old patio look new. The following are the things that you must do in order for you to properly prepare the surface:
The surface must be free from dirt
A clean surface is easier to rejuvenate. The surface must not have any moisture, it must be free from dirt and oil stains, and there must not be any other substances that could affect the quality of the surface.
If you have a newly placed patio, you should have no problems preparing the surface. However, for old patios, you need to make sure that you power wash the patio with some soap and water or any other cleaning agent possible.
The outdoor patio is easier to clean if it is new but it is not impossible to clean an old one.
Check the porosity of the concrete
You need to also ensure that you check the porosity of the concrete. The porosity of the concrete is important because it determines the kind of sealer that you will end up using. A matte finish based sealer requires a different porosity than the solvent based sealer and the water based sealer. Check if you have the right porosity for the kind of sealing that you plan on doing.
Check with a professional
At Concrete Experts we work on patios and outdoor areas of the house to ensure that they match the specific requirements of the materials used for the product. It’s our job to ensure that surfaces will be properly sealed and the right gloss is achieved. It is important for individuals to ensure that if they are not experienced with doing things themselves, they should get a professional to do it.
Once you are done preparing the surface, you should be able to clearly see if you are ready to get things done by yourself or if you should have a professional do it for you. The assessment of the work that needs to get done must be done after the cleaning process so you know if you can still handle the work or not.
What are the types of Concrete Sealers?
There are many different types of concrete sealers that many pavers use for them to properly seal the areas that they need to seal. Let us look at the different choices that pavers have, to wit:
Penetrating sealers are the first one on the list of sealants that you may choose from. These kinds of sealer aim to seal the pores of the concrete below the surface. Most often used on driveways and pool decks, this kind of specific concrete sealer is considered as the best option for households that aim to have a properly sealed surface.
What are the benefits of penetrating sealers?
There are many benefits of penetrating sealers and they are the following:
- They aim to protect against harsh weather conditions;
- They aim to protect against de-icing chemicals;
- They prevent slipping, especially on pool decks; and
- They do not alter the original appearance of the concrete.
Film Forming Sealers
There are also some film forming sealers. These are sealers that block the penetration of water. They are also good for driveways and pool decks for the complete protection of the original coating of the paint.
Siloxane Concrete Sealers
Siloxane concrete sealers are considered as good materials for those who want to have a good seal but whose aggregate budget is not high. This is especially good when you use it with a water based sealant or film as it does the job well in protecting the exposed areas of your patio or pool deck.
Acrylic Concrete Sealer
An Acrylic Concrete Sealer aims to keep your costs down. It is easy to apply and navigate especially through the layered use. If you are considering using an acrylic concrete sealer, you can always take note of the following advantages such as:
- It is UV resistant;
- It protects against water and chloride;
- It protects the surface and enhances the color of the floors; and
- It is non-yellowing.
There are different kinds of acrylic-based sealants – there is the water-based sealant and the solvent-based sealant.
At Concrete Experts we use Silane Acrylic sealers, because of their benefits. Read more about concrete sealing with Silane Acrylic sealers!
How do you know if you can do it yourself or contact a professional?
There are many ways for individuals to know if they can do certain things themselves but generally if you are asking this question, you may want to pursue contacting a professional and letting him do the task. There are a lot of requirements when it comes to patio sealing. If you are not careful, you may find yourself having some problems in the long run because you failed to contact professional pavers who can help you with your problem and you decided to do it yourself.
High gloss looks, wet look, outdoor seals, and the different kinds of sealers all have a specific role to play. You should keep in mind that just because you think you can do something, it does not mean that you should do it.
What is the main advantage of hiring a professional?
There are many advantages to hiring professional pavers to get the task of doing the sale of the driveway for you. However, the most important one is the fact that you will not have to get the thing re-done if you fail the first time because professional warranties in jobs done professionally are available.
If you try to do something on your own, and it fails to meet the standards that you have set, you may end up spending more money paying the professional to re-do your work than if you have already trusted them in the first place. The choice should be clear at this point.
Get Your Patio Done
You can easily access the patio that you have that needs refurbishing or complete replacement. However, when it comes to sealing this part of your house, it is non-negotiable. You should not consider patio sealing as a mere means to an end or an extra task when you have some extra budget. It is a task that you should do promptly and professionally.
Patio Sealing by Concrete Experts
Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or a free quote for your driveway, patio, or other outdoor surface that needs to get sealed. We are your professional partner in Calgary and would love to tell you more about our services.