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Effectively Protecting Folsom Concrete

Rust streaks running down a concrete wall, showcasing the natural process of oxidation on metal elements exposed to the elements unless protected.

One of the attractions to living and working in Folsom is the climate. The sun shines almost every single day, and the wind and rain are relatively mild. It’s no wonder Folsom residents spend so much time outdoors in open-air malls, on sidewalks with their pets, or walking and biking.

Many of these places have concrete walkways and flooring because it’s such a resilient, durable surface for any stroll, shopping, or ride. Nevertheless, concrete is susceptible overtime to weathering involving water. If you have an indoor concrete slab at your home or business, it can also be susceptible to underground moisture. That’s why it’s a good idea to apply a waterproof sealant and protect your concrete.

Protecting Concrete from Water?

Aside from heavy impacts, dangers to concrete are expressed over time, gradually. What are some of these dangers?

Rust — How can rust affect something made of cement, sand and rock? A concrete slab has other components that you never see — the steel rebar skeleton within. As water soaks in from above or seeps in from below, it contacts the steel rebar. If that steel begins to rust, the tensile strength of your concrete falters.

Cracks — Although it rarely happens in Folsom, freezing nights are not unheard of. When water freezes, it expands. Any water that makes its way into the cracks or pores of your concrete slab and then freezes creates further unsightly cracks, allowing more water and debris to penetrate your concrete in the future.

Mold — Mold can grow pretty much anywhere that has enough moisture. If that moisture is inside your home, mold can grow along your concrete slab and underneath any other features like wood flooring, tile or linoleum. Since many people have severe respiratory problems when it comes to mold, it’s important to reduce any risk of mold contamination.

Leaching — Eventually, moisture beneath the surface precipitates salts from inside concrete. The salts make their way through the concrete and create stains across the surface.

How to Protect Your Concrete

The simplest resolution for issues like these is to seal off the pores, fissures and cracks of your concrete with an epoxy coating. West Coast Epoxy is happy to analyze the situation with your concrete floor, and provide several options to protect it from things like rust, cracks, mold and leaching. We also offer a wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns to customize your protective coating and bring you an appealing result. Please give us a call or use our convenient web form to schedule a free estimate.

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