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Dare Concrete for Sealing, Performance, Permanence

"One spring afternoon the phone rang and I had a service call to go over to the Kedzierki's for a free concrete driveway estimate," Estella Cummings of Dare Concrete related recently.

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"They had just moved to the Outer Banks from, Buffalo, N.Y. and had bought a house at Cliffs of Colington in Kill Devil Hills. They needed a driveway and I was more than happy to assist them with choices of mix, design, driveway size and shapes, and joint cuts. I mentioned how important it was to seal all concrete areas, and they agreed.

"The Kedzierki's driveway is the best example of how much a little extra money can do for you. Their driveway looks great, and it is so shiny! For next to nothing you not only protect but also preserve the longevity of your concrete surfaces. Concrete that is cared for will last 50 years or more and will continue to look good."

Why you should seal concrete?

Concrete is one of the most common building materials in the world. It is a man made product containing cement, sand, gravel and water, but the simplicity ends there.

Whether it be slabs, blocks, walls, roofs, piers, beams, pipe, etc., concrete is extremely vulnerable to the industrial society of today. Sulfuric acid is the most damaging to concrete. Automobiles spread sulfuric acid when mixed with water. These products are constantly being spilled in our concrete and absorbed by it through its pores.

When placed, concrete begins the hydration process (transition from a fluid state to a solid one). The water begins to evaporate leaving behind millions of little holes known as pores. If you look at concrete under a microscope it would look like a natural sponge. Often the pores create hairline cracks inside the concrete. The faster the hydration process, the weaker your concrete.

On the contrary, if you intentionally slow the hydration process down by retarding the moisture's escape from the top surface through sealing, your concrete will cure to a much denser, stronger, harder surface.

If not sealed, concrete pores are exposed to a chain reaction of absorption of water from rainfall, and moisture in the air. As this migration is taking place, many other destructive pollutants are also being absorbed into the concrete (random odors, sulfate, salts, lime and all kinds of contaminates), and some of them are held captive in the pores of your concrete, creating rapid decay.

Another point: algae, mildew and moss are present on concrete because of the moisture in it. Moisture is the cause these plants and bacteria survive. If the moisture is eliminated by sealing the concrete, you have eliminated a place for these pollutants to exist.

On the other end is the alkali problem. Alkali is made up of a combination of elements including hydrogen, lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium and francium, all chemical elements which are present in the earth's crust. Because alkali is soluble in water, once the concrete gets wet this becomes a destructive solution.

When seal is applied, alkali converts into a gel that hardens and fills the pores, protecting your concrete from harmful chemicals.

Simply put, concrete sealing 1) preserves the life of concrete in high moisture; 2) lightens old weathered concrete, seals and preserves it; 3) provides a non-slip surface; 4) stops concrete dusting; 5) allows for low maintenance cleaning; 6) aids concrete curing providing a stronger surface; 7) stops alkali problems; 8) retards the capillary seepage; 9) aids the paint and floor covering trade.

-The Coastland Times-October 5, 1999


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