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Choosing the Best Waterproofing Concrete Sealer

Date Added: March 04, 2010 07:32:33 PM
Author: Sue McCrossin
Category: Business & Economy

The purpose of this article is to inform readers of the qualities a waterproofing concrete sealer should have. We'd like to share this information with you to enable you to make the most informed decision when purchasing a waterproofing concrete sealer for your basement, home, or commercial building. Today, there are few exceptional products on the market that are not only convenient in that they can be applied both above and below grade, but they are affordable, long lasting, and environmentally friendly. Before we go into detail about properties a quality waterproofing concrete sealer should have, we'll discuss what a concrete sealant does. How Do You Know if You Need A Waterproofing Concrete Sealer? Certain locations in the northern United States are prone to heavy rainfall and significant amounts of groundwater, and even though waterproofing products are more expensive, it's absolutely necessary to seal your home or building's foundation with a waterproofing concrete sealer. However, many other areas are fine with a damp-proofing solution. For wetter areas, waterproofing concrete sealer products are available and can be sprayed on or placed on top of concrete that has already been poured and set. This waterproof barrier creates a permanent seal that prevents groundwater, snow, and rain from seeping through the concrete and into the building. When the pores of the concrete fill with product, it ensures that the sealant won't erode away over time. If water does make it into your foundation, the concrete may crack. Waterproofing concrete sealers are essential for areas with extremely low winter temperatures and function as a rubber "membrane" on the wall, adjusting with movements. Because the membrane can stretch, this helps bridge cracks. Easy Application: There are many ways of applying waterproofing concrete sealers-everything from using a regular sponge mop or a roller brush. Paint rollers may also be used, but these methods are not always effective and are generally messy and wasteful of the product. The best solution we’ve seen is a spray-applicator, which produces thin and even wall coverage and requires less product. You don't need to use expensive equipment-a pump sprayer will do just fine. Beware of oil-based waterproofing concrete sealer products as their equipment can run up to tens of thousands of dollars. A simple spray applicator is your best option. Water-Based Waterproofing Concrete Sealers: Acrylic-based is a better option then petroleum when it comes to hazardous fumes, but water-based waterproofing concrete sealers have proven as both exceptional and effective. Water-based products are non-hazardous, non-flammable and eliminate the need for oil-based materials being applied below the grade line. Applying Above Grade or Below Grade: Often, above grade concrete and below grade concrete may require different treatments, for instance above grade can be sufficiently protected with a sealant. Below-grade is often a different story, and calls for a damp-proofing. Instead of requiring different types of products or experiencing difficulties with grade lines (as associated with tar), choose a product that can be conveniently applied both above or below grade and waterproof the entire concrete foundation. What Surfaces Should A Waterproofing Concrete Sealer Be Applied to: Your ideal waterproofing concrete sealer can be applied to concrete, stucco, concrete block, metal or wood, and should be able to stand up and protect surfaces in extreme tropical conditions for more then ten years. A good waterproofing concrete sealer should be effectively crack and mold growth resistant, and be when applied to damp or dry surfaces, can set in 2 to 4 hours. Environmentally Safe: Some states like Maryland are starting to say no to tar and oil as they've encountered problems, specifically with the Chesapeake Bay. Why use a product that's environmentally harmful when there are 0 VOC and water-based waterproofing concrete sealers available? These options are equally effective, non hazardous, non-flammable, and environmentally safe. Check to see if your product meets regulations regarding the environment. There's no need for toxic odors, fumes, or spillage-research before you buy and you'll create a safer environment for yourself. Erica Ronchetti is a freelance writer for DECO Sealers. Our goal at Deco has always been to stay informed and to keep our customers informed. We offer information on all our waterproofing products. Feel free to visit our website for any waterproofing information you may require, or read about DECO Sealers advantages and excellent Concrete Waterproofing Sealer products.
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