In areas that see a lot of ice and snow like London, scaling on concrete driveways is a common problem. Scaling is when the finished surface of hardened concrete flakes or peels due to freezing and thawing. Grinding the delaminated surface and applying a sealant can fix scaling and prevent it from happening in the future!
Grinding and sealing the driveway has the additional benefit of providing a beautiful, non-slippery outdoor finish. But should you hire someone to do the job for you this summer?
Grinding And Sealing A Concrete Driveway
When your driveway starts to scale, grinding the concrete surface smooths it out. It also brings out more of the aggregate, creating a decorative dappled appearance. Once a contractor has finished grinding the concrete, they will most likely apply a coat of sealant or polish to add some extra protection and decoration to the exterior.
Sealing a concrete driveway involves laying down a protective coating of liquid material like epoxy, acrylic, or urethane on the resurfaced concrete. Once it hardens, the sealant forms a barrier that protects the concrete from stains and helps it resist degradation from temperature swings. Your driveway will also get it a beautiful finish of your choice!
To do the job properly, you need a clean surface and great temperature and weather conditions; this makes summer an excellent time for grinding and sealing. Here’s why you should call someone to do the work for you!
Why Should I Hire Someone To Grind And Seal My Driveway?
One problem driveway DIYers encounter in the years after a grind and seal is the finish failing to stand up to fluctuating temperatures. You have to grind the whole driveway, not just certain parts of it, and the grinding has to get deep enough. All this can make for a messy, lengthy, difficult job, but professionals who work with concrete will have the right equipment to keep the job neat and organized.
Another problem happens when the finished surface is too smooth. A smooth surface can look amazing, don’t get us wrong, but a slightly rougher finish covers the small deterioration that comes naturally with an outdoor driveway. Roughness works well for driveways that see a lot of ice, snow, or mud because these slippery substances can settle into the “lows” while the “highs” provide traction.
Summertime is an excellent opportunity to have your driveway refinished this way. The weather is ideal for outdoor work, giving us the time and consistency to do the job right. Grinding and sealing a driveway is also more cost-effective than having old concrete removed and pouring new material. The result will be a driveway that stands up to the ice, snow, and cold temperatures for years to come!