Learn How to Protect your Concrete Driveway, Patio and Sidewalks with a Concrete Coating
By Mark J. Donovan
||Concrete has been used for thousands of years in construction due to its natural availability, sturdiness, and its ability to pour it into any shape or form. Today concrete is used in residential construction for building home foundations, for concrete driveways, concrete patios, and for sidewalks. It’s also used inside the home as a flooring product, and has also become increasingly popular for even building kitchen counters.
Without an aesthetically attractive protective coating, however, concrete can look drab and can easily stain. Some homeowners would even go as far as to say it’s just an ugly gray color that they don’t like.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are concrete coatings and paints that can be applied to protect the concrete from staining and give it an aesthetic and stylish appeal.
A do it yourself homeowner can easily apply a concrete coating to bring a new look to a concrete patio, sidewalk, or garage floor. If you want to revitalize your stained concrete sidewalks, patio, or driveway read on to learn how.
If you see moisture then you really need to address removing the moisture from underneath the concrete floor or slab prior to sealing it with a basic paint.
There are, however, special waterproofing sealers or concrete coatings that you can apply that will prevent the moisture from wicking through to the concrete surface.
If the concrete surface has any peeling or loose paint on it you must remove it prior to applying a concrete coating. Use a coarse grit sandpaper and a sander to remove the old paint. Make sure you where eye protection and a mask when sanding the concrete floor. After sanding the floor sweep and vacuum up the concrete surface and then use a tack clock to make sure it is spotlessly clean. Otherwise you’ll see the concrete coating peeling in short order.
Again, if there are any small cracks in the concrete surface use a paintable concrete filler to repair them. Let the concrete filler fully dry prior to applying the concrete coating.
Once all the prep work is complete you can now paint or apply the concrete coating. Use a paint brush to brush the edges of the concrete surface and a paint roller for the rest of the floor. You’ll probably want to apply a couple of coats to get a beautiful concrete surface finish. Make sure, however, to wait 24 hours in between coats.
And that’s all there is to it to for applying concrete coatings. Enjoy your aesthetically rejuvenated concrete surfaces.
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