Have you ever experienced that heart-sinking feeling that comes when your iPhone crashes to the ground? Anything can happen to an iPhone without a protective case, and yet the case covers the beauty of the sleek design.
It’s not necessary to risk beauty for longevity with decorative concrete. You can avoid the day — after having an icy winter spreading de-icing salts generously — that you notice the flaking and spalling on the surface of your once stunning walkway.
Water that soaks into pool decks, concrete driveways, patios and sidewalks can damage it in several ways. The water can cause delamination of the top layer, pitting and efflorescence. The sprinkler system used to keep shrubs, flowers and plants lush and green is the culprit of the water damage in the picture below.
Salt from salt-water pools, and de-icing salts on road and walkways can reak havoc on concrete as well. With unsealed concrete, water melted by the salt can be absorbed into it. The salt ions seep into the concrete causing the steel reinforcing in the concrete to rust and deteriorate. Ultimately, the salt is destructive.
Concrete water repellents will all penetrate and chemically bond deep within the substrate to provide long lasting protection against deterioration or staining due to water conditions.
The Stamp Store is thrilled to add these product solutions as options to keep your decorative concrete looking beautiful for years.
- SS Repel Block WB-75: 7.5% active water-based siloxane/silane water repellent with zero VOC’s
- SS Repel Guard SB-40: 40% active solvent-based silane water repellent with low VOC’s
- SS Repel Guard SB-20: 20% active solvent-based silane water repellent with low VOC’s
- SS Cure & Repel: a dual functioning chemical reactive curing compound and water repellent with a low viscosity for better penetration on concrete substrates.
These repellents have the added benefit that the concrete will maintain its natural look. There is no concrete color change, gloss or wet sheen to them. This is because the silane/siloxane is not on the surface of the concrete. It is actually below the surface and inside concrete substrate.