There are two main reasons for concrete sealing. The first is to give the floor an aesthetic appeal while the second is to protect the floor from damages and increase the floor's durability. To enjoy these benefits, you should ensure that the sealing process is done properly. The sealing process starts with getting the right sealant, hiring an experienced flooring contractor for the job and ensuring the right environmental conditions are met for optimum sealing. Here are three of the most common concrete sealing problems and their solutions.
Bubbles tend to form on the process of coating application, especially when the solvent of the sealant evaporates excessively fast. Once the surface has been cured with the bubbles present, they become very brittle, and with time, break apart, creating small depressions. This popping of the solvent is not as common during the application of the first coat as it is during the application of the second coat. To prevent this problem, it is always advisable to avoid applying the coating during times when the temperatures are excessively high, such as when the sun is hot. Early morning and late evening are ideal hours to make the sealant application.
Another common problem with sealant application is moisture getting trapped within the coating layers, or between the cement and the sealant coating. When you apply the coating on a wet surface and moisture is trapped, it forms an unpleasant white appearance, known as blushing. To prevent this problem, always ensure that you have given new cement a day or two to dry off after the initial installation before sealing it. For older surfaces, avoid applying sealant immediately after you have cleaned the surface.
Peeling and Flaking
Peeling and flaking are other common problems with concrete surfaces. These issues can occur when you use a solvent which is incompatible with solvents that were applied earlier. One of the best ways to avoid flaking is to invest in a superior quality acrylic sealant. This type of concrete sealant is compatible with almost all other types of sealants.
These are some of the common challenges associated with the concrete sealing process. It is always wise to get a professional to advise you before you purchase any sealing tools, solvents and other supplies. The expert will also help you apply the sealant during optimum conditions, which will give you excellent and durable results.Share