We did a post on our main site, kansascityconcrete.net, about sealing concrete in Kansas City.
It’s nothing fancy…just a video of a siloxane treatment we do to concrete surfaces. Penetrating sealers such as this do not change the color of your concrete. They also chemically react with your concrete and make it hydrophobic….Waterproof!
Not all sealers are equal. It’s important to be able to communicate with someone who knows what concrete sealer to use for the particular application.
We use a completely different product for sealing stamped concrete in Kansas City.
Here is a video I put together of some recoloring and sealing stamped concrete patios that have faded. Some are fixes that other contractors or homeowners messed up when trying to reseal that we had to help them fix…but that’s ok.
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resealing stamped concrete in Kansas City
Most home owners want to reseal their stamped concrete periodically as they should to insure protection and beauty. The problem arises when the homeowner goes to the local Home Depot or Lowes and grabs a sealer to reseal their patio for a small weekend project. This can be an expensive mistake;
- Big box stores don’t carry the type and quality of sealers that decorative concrete installers prefer to use
- What type of sealer was initially used on the stamped concrete???
Every concrete contractor in Kansas City that I know uses a solvent based cure and seal on stamped concrete patios. There are basically two main types of sealers for concrete that you will find.
- Solvent based sealers which come in metal cans and require xylene for cleanup. These are the ones used for stamped concrete in the KC area.
- Water based sealers which come in plastic containers and are water clean up.
If you use the wrong sealer your stamped concrete sealer could cloud or peal up. Just do a little research to find what was previously used and buy from a specialty concrete products retailer such as Decorative Concrete Supply in Lenexa or hire a professional that has these products readily on hand…we get contractor pricing on products and will be able to reseal your stamped concrete without the issues or worries.
It seems I have seen a lot of stamped concrete patios lately that another contractor has messed up when applying the sealer resulting in white, flaking looking sealer. Most of the time this is an easy fix, but more easily prevented. Let me explain how this problem could happen;
- The concrete was not properly prepped and cleaned. This could resulting in the sealer not bonding.
- The concrete was power washed (a good thing), but the sealer was applied while the concrete was still retaining too much water causing the sealer to want to escape the patio through the sealer itself turning it white.
- The patio was rained on or got wet without the sealer being dry.
- The concrete was not properly poured….was not poured with the proper amount of rock or any at all…
- Too much sealer was put on. I see this one a lot. The color didn’t turn out right…so the contractor thought, “hey, more sealer”. This will cause the sealer to flake off. Just like paint you don’t want to build. Two thin coats will do.
- Incompatible sealers were used. You can’t put a water based sealer on top of a solvent. Generally solvent based acrylic sealers are used on stamped concrete for color pop and durability.
If you have any questions about sealing a concrete patio in Kansas City I would be happy to consult. I’ve made a lot of contractor bloopers look good.
Patio Sealed when too wet
Fixed Concrete sealer issue
Every spring we get tons of calls from people with concrete driveways in the metro area that had their concrete pit, spall, flake, and have pock marks because of the damage from freeze thaw cycles that occur in the Kansas City metro. If your concrete is properly sealed these issues can be avoided. Our siloxane based sealer make your concrete waterproof thus not allowing for water to soak into your concrete (when the snow/ice thaws) and refreeze (freezing and expanding the water by 9%. This is why freeze thaw hurts your concrete. Prevent it from happening all together by getting us to do some preventative maintenance, sealing concrete, instead of replacing your drive.
Here is a video I made about sealed concrete. I took a small portion of a garage floor and did a test area of concrete sealer (high quality siloxane sealer), and then applied water to the floor. The tested area repelled water completely. One thing to note; siloxane sealers do not change the color of your concrete…when the concrete gets wet it doesn’t allow the concrete to soak up the water therefor it doesn’t allow it to darken (it water proofs the concrete). These sealers only need a surface temperature of 40 degrees to ensure the concrete is frost free to be applied.
We seal and waterproof concrete in the entire Kansas City Metro including sealing concrete floors, sealing concrete driveways and concrete basement and patio sealing.
This is the time of year your prepare your home for winter and this includes concrete. Think of the abuse in terms of fluctuating temperatures, moisture and chemicals that are left behind from your vehicle on the concrete…especially concrete driveways.
If you don’t seal your driveway many times it has to be replaced the following spring…if you care about how it looks and don’t want a bunch of pitting and scaling. If you couldn’t give a darn what your drive looked like this post isn’t for you.
We generally use high quality siloxane concrete sealers that penetrate into the pours of the concrete. These sealers , sometimes call “salt guard concrete sealer” help protect against our Kansas City elements.
Let us know if you would like a quote…I think you’ll find that our prices are reasonable compared to some of the others in town. I have heard prices anywhere from $.50/sq foot to $1.50/sq foot. We are generally around $.75/sq foot which includes powerwashing your concrete (these prices are based on a typical 2 or 3 car garage driveway). By the way don’t buy or let someone seal your concrete because they have some fancy 30 year or lifetime warranty…they don’t really cover anything.