Concrete Waterproofing

Concrete Waterproofing

New England real estate is expensive and it is important to protect our investments as much as possible. One aspect of your property to consider protecting is your hardscape.

Concrete is widely used because it is strong and durable; however, it is not indestructible. Concrete driveways, patios, walkways, slabs, and more are vital components to any home or commercial property. Concrete is a premium product and can be expensive and so protecting your investment with waterproofing makes sense on many levels.

Why is Concrete Waterproofing Crucial?

There are many reasons to waterproof your concrete, such as:

Protection/Extended Life

Concrete is exposed to constant wear-and-tear, such as:

  • Extreme Temperatures (both hot and cold)
  • Excessive Moisture (rain, hail, snow, pool water, etc.)
  • UV rays
  • Oil spills
  • Chemical Exposure

Concrete is porous and prone to cracks and without waterproofing it is quite vulnerable to expensive damage. Concrete waterproofing every few years is much cheaper than having to repair a cracked patio or walkway. A quality concrete waterproofing product will help lessen this type of damage and can help increase your concrete’s lifespan to as much as 25-30 years.

 

Inhibits Mold and Mildew

Porous cement absorbs moisture—and excessive moisture causes cracks and other types of deterioration. In addition, long-standing moisture can cause mold and mildew to grow, which can turn the coloration of your concrete green. It can become slimy and slippery as well.  Concrete waterproofing inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.

Enhances Color

If you choose to apply color to your concrete, it is even more important that it be waterproofed. Colorized concrete is especially vulnerable to discoloration due to exposure to the elements. It will not take long to become old and dingy looking. Concrete waterproofing keeps colorized concrete fresh and vibrant for much longer.

Drycrete Waterproofing Products

Drycrete’s waterproofing products and techniques are for single-family homes and commercial buildings alike. We use the best quality products available on the market.

Drylok®

Drylok is a waterproofing product that is recognized by DIYers and professionals alike for high product quality and brand recognition. It is important to note that this top-quality product is a waterproofer NOT a water sealer.

What’s the difference?

Waterproofers repel water and stop hydrostatic pressure. Water sealers merely repel water.

Crystalline Waterproofing Technique

Drycrete uses crystalline waterproofing technology. It works like this, after concrete has been treated with crystalline waterproofing, when water enters concrete via new cracks or pores, the crystalline technology is triggered to form new crystals that grow and seal the cracks/pores in the concrete. These new crystals are insoluble, do not deteriorate, and are resistant to physical damage. 

Crystalline comes in three forms: 

  1. A dry sprinkle
  2. A slurry application
  3. An admixture

Crystalline is simple to install and is a cost-saving way to protect your concrete.

The benefits of waterproofing your concrete are numerous. Waterproofing: 

  • Strengthens the structure of your concrete
  • Help your concrete resist stains and mold
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Increases the value of your property

 

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