Sealing and Protecting Decorative Concrete Walkways and Sidewalks
No decorative concrete walkway installation is complete without the application of a sealer. This final layer of protection will not only prolong the life of your walkway, but also enhance its beauty and make the concrete easier to clean and maintain.
Film-forming sealers are the type most often used for decorative concrete work, and they do just what the name implies—form a protective film on the surface of the concrete that will prevent the intrusion of water, chlorides and harmful deicing chemicals. Most of them also impart a sheen that highlights the beauty of colored or exposed aggregate finishes. Because good traction is important on walkway surfaces, a slip-resistant additive such as H&C SharkGrip from Sherwin Williams can be mixed into the sealer before application to improve traction.
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