Concrete Finishing & Sealing

Concrete finishing and sealing makes your concrete stronger and more beautiful. In fact, it's a great idea to periodically reseal your concrete. Exactly how often depends on how much the surface is subject to environmental stresses such as rain, temperature changes, and heavy items like cars.

Although many people choose to skip the sealing part of the process, concrete finishing is a worthwhile investment because it:

  • Leaves you with a nice, smooth concrete slab
  • Guards against stains, cracks, and other damage
  • Makes your concrete more durable and long lasting
  • Keeps color-treated concrete bright and vibrant
  • Makes regular maintenance quick and easy

At GWC Decorative Concrete, we have been offering concrete finishing and sealing services in the Portland area since 1997. We would love to help you protect your concrete driveway, carport, and interior floors from stains and cracks and keep them looking like new for years to come! Contact us today to talk to an experienced concrete contractor in Portland.

Concrete Floors

Interior concrete floors are becoming more and more popular for a reason: they are sturdy, aesthetically pleasing, and very easy to clean — but only if they are properly finished and sealed. Here’s why:

Although interior floors aren’t exposed to outdoor wear and tear, the home is full of other threats, especially spills from foods, beverages, or home workshop materials. Unfinished concrete floors stain more easily and can be hard to clean, but when you have a well-maintained seal, it’s easy to wipe up spills and stop stains from settling in.

Plus, many people opt to add color to their decorative concrete floors using stain, dye, or paint. Finishing concrete floors will preserve their vibrant color while preventing stains and fading. Once your floor is properly sealed, any colors and other decorative designs you have added will remain intact.

Concrete Driveways

Even with the Pacific Northwest’s generally mild climate, our driveways put up with a lot of stress from both natural and human-made environmental forces. For example:

  • We receive a fair amount of rain during autumn, winter, and spring.
  • All that water creates a perfect environment for moss, fungi, mud, and other debris to settle in.
  • Extreme temperature fluctuations (such as from changing seasons and hot cars) puts stress on concrete.
  • Heavy vehicles weigh on your driveway daily.
  • Oil from cars can create stubborn stains on unfinished concrete.

Periodic concrete driveway sealing will keep the surface strong and help it resist damage. What’s more, it will make cleaning your driveway much easier. Instead of sinking into the grooves of your concrete, dirt, spills, and dust will stay on the finished surface where they can easily be washed away.

Concrete Carports

Concrete carports face similar issues to driveways. Although most carports have overhead covers that offer some protection from the rain and sun (which can discolor concrete over time), cars and trucks are still heavy. When they sit for hours or days on a concrete slab, that stress eventually adds up and can erode even the best concrete finishes.

Things get even more complicated if your carport was originally poured on relatively loose soil, which is unfortunately not uncommon.

Whether you are planning to install a concrete carport or you bought a home that already has one, regular finishing and sealing is an important part of household care and maintenance. Just as with driveways, a carport with a professionally applied finish will resist stains from oil and other substances far better than one without.

Preserve and beautify your concrete with finishing and sealing

Maybe you have a concrete driveway that hasn’t been resealed in a while. Or maybe you’re planning to install a new stamped concrete patio and you want to make sure your beautiful design doesn’t fade or erode. The professional contractors at GWC Decorative Concrete have the skill, experience, and equipment to properly finish and seal your concrete so that it stays as strong as possible for as long as possible.

If you choose to work with our team, you can expect us to…

  • Begin with a consultation to assess your concrete driveway, floor, or carport to make sure it is structurally sound and ready to be finished and sealed
  • Go over your options and give you an affordable price estimate
  • Always be mindful and respectful of your family, your property, and your neighborhood, making sure to clean up, recycle, and use green practices whenever possible
  • Dedicate ourselves to providing customer service that is just as great as our concrete craftsmanship
  • Ensure that you are completely satisfied with your finished concrete

Do you have questions about how often to reseal different types of concrete? Are you trying to decide between resealing and replacing your driveway? We would love to talk about your project and help you decide on the best and most cost-effective way to get the beautiful concrete surface you want!

Contact us today to speak with a professional about your project.