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How Water Affects Your Concrete, And What You Can Do About It

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Your concrete is a sponge.

Many people don’t think about this, but it is true. Concrete soaks up water and gains weight (just like a sponge).

This means that whenever water hits the surface, the concrete immediately starts absorbing it. This causes the concrete to become “waterlogged”, or overly saturated with water.

The bad news is that a waterlogged slab can swell up to three times the weight of a dry slab, which makes it incredibly susceptible to cracking. If left unprotected, it is almost certain that your concrete is going to continually absorb water and eventually begin to split.

crack concrete wall background

But there is good news! Your concrete doesn’t have to be left unprotected. In fact, protecting concrete from the damaging effects of water is as easy as applying a protective sealer.

Concrete sealing is a simple process of applying a specially engineered material to the surface of the concrete. This material bonds with the concrete and is water-resistant.

A sealer serves as a clear, protective barrier between the water and the surface of the concrete, keeping water (and other harmful substances) from ever actually making contact with the concrete itself. Overall, concrete sealing is an incredibly easy and affordable way to protect your it from water damage.

penetrating concrete sealer
The concrete sealer keeps the water from penetrating the surface of the concrete.

Don’t let water damage your concrete driveway, walkway or patio. Protect it from the elements by having it sealed. A small investment now could make all the difference down the road.

Can We Help You Protect Your Concrete?

Cardinal Concrete Services offers concrete sealing at transparent, flat-rate prices. We use only high-quality materials, and our concrete expertise means we make sure the sealant goes on correctly.

We would be honored to help you protect your concrete. If you’re interested in having your driveway, patio, sidewalk, or other concrete surface sealed, visit our Concrete Sealing page or Connect With Us for more information.