This post was most recently updated on February 18th, 2021
Water Proofing Concrete in 2021
Concrete Sealer Review remains a trusted resource for concrete sealer tips and advice from professionals. Here we have an updated article for 2021 on how to waterproof concrete to increase the lifespan of your concrete surfaces. Any questions? Feel free to leave us a comment with any pictures below.
Most concrete surfaces will last a very long time when they are properly maintained. Maintaining a concrete surface is no different than other surfaces, it just needs to be cleaned periodically and protected from the elements. Harsh weather and climate can take its toll on concrete that is not waterproofed. When water and moisture are able to penetrate concrete, it can cause all types of problems. Most notably, constant moisture can create mold, mildew, and algae buildup. This can break down the concrete over time and is extremely unsightly. It can also create a slippery when a wet surface, which can be dangerous.
In climates that see below-freezing weather in the Winter, freeze and thaw damage is very common. When moisture penetrates the concrete and freezes, it expands. This can cause chipping, cracking, and heaving of the concrete, literally breaking it up and ruining the structure. Repairing this type of damage can be costly. The good news is that it is avoidable with some regular maintenance. The best protection you can give any type of concrete surface is to waterproof it so water and moisture cannot penetrate the surface.