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On of the best tips on waterproofing concrete available is to DO IT. Protecting your concrete surfaces from the ravages of the elements, both natural and unnatural, is not as difficult as you might think. Just follow these simple steps.
1. Calculate the total surface area you will be sealing (you do remember how, don't you?). In case you don't, here's an arithmetic refresher for you: Multiply the length by the width, or vice versa. That will give you the area. Bring these numbers with you to your home improvement center, lumberyard or hardware store when you are ready to buy sealer.
2. Buy concrete sealer premixed in one-gallon or larger containers. It is made to be rolled on with a roller assembly.
3. Apply thin, even coats of the sealer. It is better to put on two lighter coats that will dry evenly than one heavy, blotchy application of concrete coating.
4. Allow the sealer to dry completely before using the treated area.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|