Concrete

Concrete is the most popular and versatile material for use in pavers and tiles, with a whole range of finishes for different purposes.

 – Troweled finishes are smooth and fine.

 – Broom finished concrete involves troweling the concrete to smooth it, then dragging a special broom across it. This creates a rougher surface with less risk of slipping.

 – Salt finished concrete is even more slip-resistant. Rock salt is pressed into the surface of uncured concrete, then washed away after curing. This leaves the surface fine-textured but not slippery and is often used around pools.

 – Exposed aggregate and stamped concrete finishes are more complex decorative finishes chosen for a particular style or appearance.

 – Concrete can also be stained to a specific colour. Elite Coatings offers concrete sealer products in a range of ten different colours with matt and gloss finishes.

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Why and when to use a concrete sealer

A concrete sealer will not only protect your driveway, paths or pavers not just from stains, but can prevent damage too.

Cracks in concrete can be caused by water expanding and contracting at different rates, which puts pressure on the concrete. They usually start at the surface and get worse over time. A protective sealer can prevent the process starting or getting worse.

If you live in an area with winter frosts, the surface of your concrete can also be affected by de-icer salts. Once again, applying concrete sealer will protect the surface from damage.

The best time to apply is when your concrete is freshly laid. If you can’t do it at this time, make sure you clean the concrete thoroughly before sealing.

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