G2 Decorative Concrete is your source for concrete repair, sealing and restoration. Concrete is one of the most durable man made products ever developed however that does not mean it doesn’t need ever be repaired at some point in its lifetime. G2’s unique process and products are designed to repair damaged concrete, stamped concrete, stained concrete as well as travertine, flagstone and slate tiles. Due to the harsh climate we live in it is necessary to clean and reseal decorative concrete as well as outdoor tiles and natural stones every 6 months to 2 years. There are many types of sealers available to protect your investment that is why it is so important hire expert installers like G2 to insure proper application.
Another important issue to consider is making sure your sealed concrete is Anti-skid resistant!
Sealers for decorative concrete provide protection and enhance color. But the same thin, plastic layer that provides this protection and color enhancement also becomes very slippery when wet.
When dry, most sealers pass the national standards set by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for slip resistance. When wet, however, most fail these standards or are borderline. The texture of the concrete also plays a big part, which is why most walkways, pool decks, and driveways are broom finished or textured. There are two ways to solve this problem:
- The first is to strip off the sealer and leave the concrete surface bare. While this solves the problem, it defeats the purpose and you no longer have the benefits of sealer protection and color enhancement.
- The second, and more viable, solution is to combine a grit additive with the final coat of sealer to increase the grip of the sealer. Many years ago, silica sand was used to create grit in clear sealers. The sand did solve the slip issue, but it made the sealer cloudy. Some years ago, a clear plastic (polyethylene) grit additive was introduced. It is made from the same plastic used to make 2-liter soda bottles, ground into a fine powder. If you look at the powder under a microscope, the particles look rough and jagged like sand but are clear. When added to a clear sealer, they disappear to the naked eye.