Concrete Coatings

Written by Tadashi Moody
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There are many instances where concrete needs to be coated. Many people do not realize that concrete is not waterproof. Homeowners with concrete foundations or basement walls should be aware that moisture can saturate concrete and cause many problems. In other instances such as garages, it is important for concrete to be resistant to chemicals, easy to clean, and have traction so as to reduce the incidence of slips and falls.

Concrete sealers will penetrate the surface of the concrete to seal them, protecting the surface from chemicals, moisture and weathering. Prior to sealing a concrete surface, it is helpful to apply a preparation gel that will open up the pores of the surface and allow for better penetration of the sealer or finish. These preparations will also help remove mineral deposits, rust, grease and other substances to give your concrete surface a clean look when finished.

Anti-Slip Concrete Coatings

No-slipping concrete coatings are relatively easy to apply and increase the coefficient of friction of your floors. This is particularly important in settings where water or spills are present or a significant factor. Because slips, trips, and falls account for the highest proportion of overall accidents, it is wise for managers to consider coating concrete floors with anti-slip treatments.

For high traffic areas where traction is a vital concern, concrete coatings that contain granules for friction are a good solution. Ramps, walkways, shower rooms, loading docks, and swimming pool decks are just a few locations where these concrete coatings might be important. You can choose from clear or a variety of colors, and you can choose high or low profile coatings.

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