Choosing the Right Coating Option for your Parking Areas

Like all kinds of buildings and commercial spaces, a parking area needs to be sealed for protection from all kinds of destructive elements. But a special precaution should be taken when applying it to these structures because some extreme conditions are endured by these areas that some spaces do not. Exposure to pedestrian and vehicle traffic, heavyweight loads, snow plowing, and de-icing means that your parking area needs to have the best kind of protection possible.

When it comes to selecting a sealant for your parking surface, you must consider the adhesion property and the coating’s strength, and the level of water and chemical resistance. Here are the different decorative concrete coatings that you could utilize for your parking space, whether commercial or residential.

Surface Sealers

Surface sealers are materials that form a coating or film on a parking area’s surface. It has the lowest cost for the concrete sealer types, but it’s not advisable for all types of concrete surfaces. Surface sealers have low abrasion resistance, and it’s only limited to the use on pedestrian areas and low-volume vehicular traffic.

colored concrete sealer on the floor

Penetrating Sealers

These are silicone-based water repellants that can penetrate into concrete sealers and form a layer that protects the parking area from the water. This sealer is relatively expensive, but you would need to reapply it as it decreases its power for a long period of time. Penetrating sealers usually last up to five years before any new application is necessary.

Thin Bonded Overlays

This sealing material is made up of rubber-like polymers and a cement aggregate bend. These form a durable and waterproof surface but aren’t able to repair any kind of cracks on the surface. The materials used in a thin bonded overlay cures fast even in low temperatures, that’s why they are often used during cold weather. These coatings can last up to ten years.

concrete overlay

Traffic-bearing Membranes

Traffic-bearing membranes are liquid sealants that are made up of polymers. It’s a relatively thick material that makes for its strong property. Its surface has a high amount of hardness and is very resistant to tearing. It also has the ability to bridge moving cracks and improve the traction of the surface, resistance to abrasion, and durability. It lasts for up to 5 years, but with proper maintenance and care, traffic-bearing membranes can last longer.

Waterproofing sealants are ideal for any kind of parking surface. Each structure’s needs may differ, but there is always a coating type that could fit every kind of application. If you’re unsure of what material to use for your parking space, call us today and we’ll advise you on what type of waterproofing sealant to use and ultimately do the resurfacing for your concrete surface. Northwest Concrete is the leading expert when it comes to concrete waterproofing methods. Whatever kind of project that might be, you can rest assured that we can do the job efficiently and properly.

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