Now that spring has arrived, it's time to inspect your property for winter damage. Concrete is susceptible to the damage caused by the freeze and thaw cycles during the winter. The water from rain and melting snow drips into the porous surface of concrete driveways and sidewalks. The water turns into ice and expands when the freezing temperatures come. The ice will crack and break open the pores when it expands and cause the concrete surface to chip and crack. You need to seal the seal the concrete to keep the water from sinking deeper into the surface and causing more serious structural damage to it before next winter. Here is how to reseal the concrete surface of a driveway and sidewalk.
Clean the Surface
Close the driveway or sidewalk off with stakes and caution tape. Sweep and wash the surface of the concrete before you apply the sealer. You want to remove all the chips and flakes from the surface. Wash the surface with a strong degreaser to remove any grease and oils on the concrete. You may have to use a soft-bristled brush to get into the pores to agitate and remove the greases and oils that have dripped down into the pores. Rinse the surface with fresh water to remove any residue left behind by the degreaser.
Wear Protective Gear
You should wear protective gear when working with a concrete sealer. The sealer can irritate your skin and eyes if it gets on you. The fumes from the sealer can also irritate your lungs. Make sure you wear eye protection and rubber gloves that keep the sealer from getting on your skin or in your eyes and wear a respirator to keep from breathing in the fumes. You should also wear a plastic body suit and boot coverings if you want to keep the sealer off of your clothes and boots.
Apply the Sealer
You should use a long-handled paint roller to apply the sealer. Use a thick and lush paint roller brush. Start at an edge of the dry driveway or sidewalk. Pour about a couple of cups worth of sealer down onto the surface of the concrete and push the sealer to the edges to cover the ends of the concrete. Pour more down as needed and work the material back to you. You don't want to be walking on the sealer when it's wet, and if you push the material forward away from you, you'll have to walk over it as you seal the concrete. Pulling the sealer back toward you keeps your feet on the dry concrete while you are working. Cover the entire surface of the concrete and let it dry. Place another coating of sealer down on the concrete once the first coat completely dries.
Open up the driveway or sidewalk after the second coating of sealer dries. Contact a company like New Interstate Concrete for further information about concrete.