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How to Protect Concrete From Road Salt Damage

Winter is one of the toughest seasons for concrete surfaces due to the damage that they can sustain. These include cracking, spalling, pitting, and dusting that are the consequences of de-icing roads, sidewalks, patios, and pool decks. As the years go on, concrete slowly deteriorates and worsens due to wear and tear.

So, how can you protect concrete from road salt damage?

Apply a Densifier Sealer

If you noticed that your concrete has already sustained salt damage or is slowly showing signs of deterioration, you should apply a sodium or lithium silicate densifier. The densifier sealer seeps into the concrete surface to form a permanent calcium silicate hydrate structure within the pores, which can solidify and harden the concrete. In turn, this makes your concrete surface more resistant to damage, such as road salt abrasion and de-icing salts.

Apply a Protective Coating

Coatings from sealers can protect your concrete from damage. An acrylic sealer leaves behind a durable protective film that will absorb the brunt of the abrasion and abuse caused by road salts. Granted, the road salts can wear down your protective coating, but you can get around one to five years of life before needing to reapply it. In turn, this lets you maximize the lifespan of your concrete.

Apply a Water Repellent Sealer

While abrasion is the most common way for road salt to damage concrete, salt can also cause snow and ice to melt. Once the concrete absorbs the water, it freezes in the pores, which can lead to the concrete cracking and spalling from the inside. This can be prevented by applying a water repellent sealer. The sealer provides a hydrophobic barrier that prevents water from staying on the surface. Once the snow or ice melts, it will evaporate on the surface instead of freezing and seeping into the pores.

Are you looking for the best concrete maintenance contractor in your area? Count on NAV Construction for all your construction needs. We offer quality residential and commercial concrete construction in your area, and we make sure that we get the job done right the first time without cutting any corners! Call us at (540) 812-2277, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.

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