Concrete Sealing Services in Austin and San Antonio
Texas Cutting and Coring offers a wide variety of concrete sealing services in Austin, San Antonio, Waco and elsewhere. Sealing your concrete is essential to keeping it in good condition and ensuring that deterioration and concrete cracks do not develop.
Like many other construction materials, concrete contracts and expands due to moisture and weather changes. If not properly controlled, these volume fluctuations can cause your concrete to produce unsightly or damaging cracks. In order to mitigate these destructive forces, joints are planned and installed to help minimize ugly cracks. A joint is basically a controlled crack installed in the concrete to relieve stress points and allow the structure to properly expand and contract.
Our concrete sealing services can be especially helpful in protecting your concrete against weather exposure, as well as keeping out water, oil and grease and resisting abrasions. Concrete sealing also makes the surface easier to clean and enhances its natural luster. At Texas Cutting and Coring, our experts can help you choose the perfect concrete sealing products and services to protect your concrete surfaces for years to come.
We offer concrete sealing services for all types of concrete, including colored concrete and aggregate surfaces. With the help of our experts, your colored or aggregate concrete will remain protected from weather, stains and fading, allowing the natural color and vibrancy to shine through. Our Texas Cutting and Coring technicians may recommend regular maintenance of your specialty concrete surfaces through bi-annual or more frequently scheduled sealing service appointments, though frequency depends on how much traffic and exposure is expected in the area. Our concrete sealing services are designed to maintain the integrity of your concrete in the long term.
Exposed aggregate surfaces often require a high-performance transparent sealer for protection from exposure, stains, freezing and thawing and abrasions. Even on aggregate surfaces, our high-quality concrete sealing products sealer will also reinforce the richness of your commercial or residential concrete.
Texas Cutting and Coring – Concrete Sealing Experts
There are a variety of elements that must be “just right” before beginning the concrete sealing process. Our experts at Texas Cutting and Coring are trained to make recommendations and provide the right concrete sealing services for your individual needs. Surface preparation is of the utmost importance before the application of concrete sealer. Any stains from oil or grease, as well as dirt and/or dust should be removed in order to allow the sealer to adhere to the surface properly. In our years of experience with various name brands of concrete sealers, we’ve deciphered which are compatible and which are not, so it is also recommended that any remaining product is removed before applying a new coat of potentially non-compatible sealer. We may also recommend etching the concrete’s surface to further ensure proper adhesion of concrete sealing products.
Considerations to provide the best concrete sealing services include:
- Surface preparation
- Appropriate tools
- Maximum coverage
- Time and temperature of application
- High-quality products
- Regular maintenance as necessary
Using the right tools is critical to achieving the best coverage rate and sealer thickness for optimal performance. The two most common methods of applying sealers to concrete surfaces are by roller or sprayer, often depending on whether the sealer is solvent- or water-based. Always refer to the manufacturer’s specific application guidelines.
Whether you are rolling or spray applying a sealer, always strive for maximum coverage. The typical coverage rate is 250 to 300 square feet per gallon, depending on the porosity of the concrete. The most important rule to remember is that less is more. It’s best to apply two thin coats, making sure the sealer doesn’t puddle or form uneven, thick areas. When applying a second coat of sealer, apply it in the opposite direction (or perpendicular) to the first coat to ensure even coverage. Wait to apply the second coat of sealer for the time recommended by the manufacturer (typically two to four hours).
When you apply sealer can be important as well. Allow new concrete to cure completely (at least 28 days or as recommended). Most sealers must be applied under dry conditions, since applying sealer to damp concrete could cause haziness or loss of adhesion. Air temperatures are also important and should typically be above 50°F during and for at least 24 hours after sealer application. Always allow the sealer to dry completely before exposing it to foot or vehicle traffic. Drying times before exposure to heavy traffic can be as long as three days.
Control and Expansion Joint Sealing in Texas
Joint sealants are used to seal joints and openings between two or more substrates. While joint sealants make up only a small portion of a construction project, they play a major role in keeping a structure air and watertight. To be effective, sealants must meet various requirements depending on the location and function of the respective joint. High-performance joint sealants are able to accommodate structural and thermal movements without breaking or losing adhesion to the separate elements. Joint sealing is often performed in conjunction with concrete sealing services.
At Texas Cutting and Coring, we use state-of-the art surface preparation and the highest-quality sealing equipment to provide our customers with durable, weather tight joints. Our attention to detail, customer service and quality of work are what make us the ideal selection for any concrete sealing project, large or small.
We specialize in expansion and control joint sealing in Austin, San Antonio, Waco, College Station and beyond. Contact us today to see how we can help you with your concrete sealing needs! For an estimate on your concrete sealing project, click the Request a Quote button at the top of the page.
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