Concrete working is a hard and dangerous occupation. Even as durable as concrete is, it can still suffer damage from equipment malfunctions, time, and bad weather. That’s why concrete sealer is used as a method to protect concrete. It functions much as sealer would on a hardwood floor. Let’s look at some common problems associated with the sealer.
The Sealer Bubbled
For one thing, it’s possible that the sealer bubbled. Bubbles come from the overapplication of the sealer, which is as bad as it sounds. Air bubbles trapped within the sealer are unsightly and could weaken the integrity of the sealant in the first place. However, a larger problem comes in the form of applying sealer in hot weather. Even though it is only a third of the way through June, we are experiencing temperatures that hover in the upper 80s and lower 90s. That weather is uncomfortable for people, and uncomfortable for concrete as well.
It’s Turning White
Another problem comes from the sealer turning white. Obviously, this shouldn’t happen. A solvent-based concrete sealer can “blush” – that is to say, it can slowly turn white. Moisture buildup contributes to this problem as does wet concrete. Working with wet concrete involves the introduction of more water, especially to keep tools and equipment cool and prevent overheating. However, that water could unintentionally cause problems for you.
The sealer shouldn’t be powdery, either. This condition comes from water-based sealers. Temperature and humidity have a large influence over what happens to water-based sealers. Be sure to research the two major factors that contribute to this problem. In other words, discover what the temperature and humidity levels should be to ensure that the sealer is applied properly.
Concrete is Dark or Blotchy
Acrylic sealers tend to darken the concrete that they are applied to. It also makes the concrete look glossy, which on the surface doesn’t sound possible. However, it is. Since every concrete slab is unique, you never know what result you will get. Sealers bring out the true color and the so-called grain of the concrete. This in itself isn’t a problem, but the color-changing effect after the sealer is applied could become a concern.
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G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G&M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and Firestop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.