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Snow, Ice, water and deicing chemicals can wreak havoc on unprotected concrete and masonry surfaces. Throughout the winter months, water penetrates and saturates unprotected concrete and surface cracks
A few simple and inexpensive preventative measures can help you avoid winter damage and costly concrete repairs.
Water flows through cracks in concrete and saturates the base material. As the water freezes and thaws, the slab can lift and fall creating ever widening cracks.
QUIKRETE Polyurethane Crack Sealant is a textured caulk that permanently seals and waterproof cracks in concrete up to 1/2 inch wide.
QUIKRETE Concrete Crack Seal is another alternative for sealing cracks in concrete up to 1/4 inch wide. Concrete Crack Seal is a self-leveling, pourable latex emulsion that blends with the natural color of concrete….
QUIKRETE Acrylic Cure & Seal seals concrete and masonry surfaces from the damaging effects of deicing chemicals and prevents scalling from repeated freeze-thaw cycles. Acrylic Cure & Seal can be applied with a roller, garden sprayer or brush and provides a durable, semi-gloss finish. (Read More)
How do winter conditions damage concrete?
As the water in the concrete freezes, it expands and then thaws as temperatures fluctuate. This process stresses the concrete and causes cracking. The result of the repeated freeze- thaw cycles can be surface spalling (flaking) and widening cracks that usually don’t emerge until the spring.
How do I repair a spalled concrete driveway?
For large areas such as driveways or patios QUIKRETE Concrete Resurfacer is the right product for the job. Concrete Resurfacer is polymer modified cement based repair material for making thin surface repairs. Concrete Resurfacer can be applied with a squeegee, trowel or brush.