Concrete has existed as the lifeblood of construction for centuries – it is abundant, easy to produce and uniquely strong. Unfortunately, concrete is not indestructible. Its surface can slowly weaken from the effects of weather, water and time itself. Preventing elemental damage to concrete—or restoring it correctly when deterioration has occurred—is paramount to the longevity of buildings, balconies and plaza decks.
Despite its physical resilience, concrete is a notably porous material. Moisture, chloride ions, pollutants and other harsh chemicals can penetrate concrete materials and damage its surface if left unprotected and unsealed. Infiltration of these elements into the concrete prime the surface for greater damage and possible structural failure. The cause of an existing problem must be properly identified before any restorative work can begin. The following are the available solutions for concrete restoration and damage prevention: