If you have important concrete surfaces outside, such as a patio or driveway, they are constantly exposed to the elements, which means weathering could happen. Fortunately, concrete sealing is a renovation you can complete to give concrete weatherproof capabilities. You'll maximize them too if you follow these application protocols.
Remove Existing Sealant if Present
If you already applied a sealant product to concrete around your property, you'll want to strip it before you apply a new sealant. This can help you get the best results and also simplify this application process a bit.
You'll just want to get a heavy-duty sander that has an automated design. You can use it to remove sealant in a short period of time without expending a lot of energy to do so. Once the original sealant is removed, you're ready to apply the new sealant product.
Practice Application With a Dry Roller
One of the more helpful tools you'll use to apply new sealant to residential concrete surfaces is a roller. It lets you spread out sealant in an even manner quickly. You just want to be sure you practice with this instrument, especially if you've never used one before.
Practice your swiping techniques when the roller is completely dry, getting an idea of the angles and length of swipes that will be appropriate. Then when you're ready to apply sealant for real, you'll have your application techniques refined and this can help you get the best results. Additionally, you won't be prone to wasting any of your sealant products.
Verify Sealing Was Successful
Once you have sealant applied to concrete surfaces around your property, it's a good idea to continue to test them. You can then make sure you achieve the right sealing results that will keep concrete protected from things like oil, grease, and other residues.
Probably the easiest way to check your sealing application is to get some water and apply it to concrete surfaces around your property. If water beads up, you know the sealant works like it's supposed to. You can thus move on with normal activities around said concrete surfaces.
If you have concrete surfaces around your property that are exposed to outside elements, you can give them ample protection thanks to sealant products. Whatever sealants you choose, follow the right application protocols and you'll be happy with how these solutions protect your concrete surfaces over the years.
To learn more, contact a concrete sealing service in your area.