– Prevent the Affects of Extreme Winter Weather on Concrete –
I came across this article on ConcreteDecor.net about the extreme winter affect on exterior decorative concrete. The article goes into the story of a person who had their newly laid concrete exterior patio deck destroyed during the extremely harsh winter they had in Kentucky. This problem was most likely caused by the pressure created during the freeze-thaw cycles during the winter. This is because when the moisture (water) in the concrete freezes it expands up to 9% which can exert upwards of 100,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. Creto DPS (Deep Penetrating Sealer) prevents this problem from happening by completely preventing the penetration of moisture into the concrete while leaving the concrete breathable. Creto DPS also prevents salts and other minerals from penetrating concrete. This contractor in Kentucky obviously has never heard of Creto DPSor else this problem would have been prevented. Creto TopSeal can be applied as topical sealer for an added barrier of protection. Epoxy and polyaspartic coatings can be used as topical coatings as well if long term durability is required. Creto DPS increases the bonding ability of topical coatings up to 300% and prevents delamination of the coatings by preventing the moisture and salts from penetrating the concrete from under the slab. In other words, Creto DPS is essential for proper top coat application under most circumstances. Read this interesting article below and don’t let this problem happen to you!.