Protect Your Indiana Concrete: Preventing Spalling

By Josh Macy / Published on February 21, 2024 /

A LevelUp technician spraying SealantPro onto a concrete driveway

Concrete spalling is a major problem for homeowners, especially here in Indiana where freezing and thawing damages outdoor surfaces. From driveways to patios, spalling can be an eyesore to the aesthetics of your property. Fortunately, with the right prevention methods and products, you can safeguard your concrete surfaces against this common issue.

Understanding Concrete Spalling

Concrete spalling happens when the top layer of concrete breaks off because of different reasons, mainly freezing and thawing. Concrete spalling happens when the surface of concrete flakes because of different factors.

Spalling Concrete
Freezing and thawing are a major cause of this. In Indiana, winters can be harsh and there are frequent freeze-thaw cycles. As a result, concrete spalling is a significant concern in the Spring.
During freezing temperatures, water seeps into the pores of concrete. As it freezes, it expands, exerting pressure on the concrete. When the ice melts, it leaves behind voids, weakening the concrete’s structure and leading to spalling.

Spalling Prevention and Concrete Restoration Methods

The most preventable solution to concrete spalling is quality mix and proper installation. But what if you have already poured and established the concrete at your home? Here are some key prevention and restoration methods:

  1. Regular Maintenance: Inspect your concrete surfaces regularly, especially before and after winter. Look for signs of surface deterioration and address them promptly.
  2. Using a good sealant can protect against water damage and freezing by creating a barrier that repels moisture.
  3. Concrete Cracks and Gaps: Check for cracks and gaps in the concrete surface. The formation of cracks often accompanies spalling, which can lead to further deterioration or hazards.
  4. If a large area of concrete is heavily stained or crumbling, it is a good choice to resurface it. Resurfacing the concrete will make it more durable and able to withstand lots of people and tough weather.

Products for Prevention

  • Sealant Application: LevelUp’s advanced sealants penetrate deep into the concrete’s pores, forming a protective barrier that prevents moisture ingress. By sealing the surface effectively, these products mitigate the risks of freeze-thaw damage and spalling.
  • Coating Solutions: In addition to sealants, LevelUp offers specialized coatings that enhance the durability and longevity of concrete surfaces. These coatings provide an extra layer of protection, safeguarding against harsh weather conditions and reducing the likelihood of spalling.

LevelUp Concrete Solutions:

LevelUp Concrete Solutions offers a comprehensive range of products designed to address various concrete related issues, including spalling. We use fortified sealants and coatings to provide durable protection against moisture penetration, freeze-thaw damage, and surface deterioration.
To keep concrete surfaces looking good and strong, homeowners can use LevelUp Concrete Solutions’ products and take preventive measures. Don’t let spalling ruin your outdoor spaces – take proactive steps today to preserve and enhance your concrete today!

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