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Sealing concrete – things you need to know BEFORE you start

Sealing concrete – things you need to know BEFORE you start

You can DIY your driveway, paths, patio, pool area or garage, just as long as you know some simple rules before you start


Sealing is a process and system that you need to understand before you start:

  • Inspect and understand the existing surface and its history of what’s in the substrate (is there previous sealers? They need to be removed first)
  • Knowing the correct sealer to use for the surface (a penetrating sealer will provide an invisible look and will not make it any more slippery for example)
  • Sourcing the best sealant from quality manufacturers (cheap sealers may not last and unsuitable to re-seal over later)
  • Getting quality advice for any specific variations (a contractor or professional sealing shop)
  • The process and all tools to apply the product correctly
  • Cleaning and preparing your surface to accept the correct sealant
  • Application rates and best practice processes – taking into account the best time of the day, rain, heat, wind, moisture content, surface adhesion etc.
  • Careful and consistent application to avoid roll lines
  • Ensuring the surface will not be more slippery than previously
  • Recording and maintaining the surfaces in best condition


Being let down in any area can lead to:

  • Blistering/Delamination
  • Whitening of the surface – often only in patches
  • Excessive bubbling
  • Imperfect application – too little or too heavy
  • The sealant not lasting very long
  • A slippery surface


Why is sealing so important? 

Hard surfaces are low maintenance – not maintenance free! If you want to avoid staining, mould and deterioration of your surfaces you need to seal. Sealing can prevent 99% of water, oil and contamination penetrating the surface which leads to most early deterioration and dirtiness issues in exposed surfaces.


If you really want save money by clear or colour sealing, ensure you get the right advice, tools, products and processes, and apply by the rules, not what you think will work!

If you want some professional advice, because everyones property is different, please contact us at Hurricane Maintenance Services. We have been applying coatings over concrete for quite a few years, and understand what works and what doesn’t, avoiding costly mistakes.



How to colour seal concrete like a professional

Colour Sealing is applied to concrete to protect it, reduce the chance of staining, hide cracks and give a completely new decorative look and can match into your house colour.

Generally you would colour seal driveways, paths, patios, pool areas and garages, when they are in poor condition – as it allows you to repair and cover any imperfections. Also when you want to lift the appearance of your property – like just before you sell.

Guide for colour sealing concrete like a pro:

Select the type of sealer you need

There are so many on the market, but like so many things – choose products where you feel you can trust the manufacturer, and also the contractor. This generally means a conversation and quote. We use a primer and water-based colour seals as they work, last a long time – 5 years plus before they might fade and need a recoat.

Pressure Clean

You still need to high pressure clean, but don’t 100% need to use chemicals unless the surface is really mouldy and stained. I use a chlorine wash at 10 or 15:1 to kill mould on the surface.


Oil stains can generally be removed with degreaser and high pressure on the spot.

Rust stains can generally be removed with acid and high pressure on the spot

Apply chemicals straight or slightly diluted (1:1 up to 5:1) Don’t let any chemicals dry on the surface! Apply then remove within 30secs to 2mins if possible

Water in concrete

Concrete is porous and will therefore let in water. Water when wet will remain in the concrete (even if the surface looks dry) for quite a few hours depending on if its shaded, the ‘softness’ of the concrete and a few other factors. Leave 6-24 hrs depending on conditions to seal.


We fill cracks with a flexible polyurethane which we know works and we can cover it accurately with coatings. Fissures and other holes or gaps can be filled with more concrete-based filling products. Expansion joints need to be left open to allow concrete movement.


We roll out sealers – with a pole, roller, nap and paint brush. We find we can get an even finish and it provides the right amount of sealer. (Spraying sealer can often provide only a fraction of what rolling does so the client doesn’t get value for money).

Sealers don’t like being constantly rolled, so you will need to dip into your drum roll one way, then finish by rolling the other, leaving the finish even and consistent.

If you have any questions, be sure to contact me, and I would be more than happy to assist you.

Hurricane Maintenance Services can provide all your colour sealing needs in the greater Brisbane area, Qld.

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3 ways to freshen up your home for Summer

Summer is coming up quickly. You want your home to look amazing for entertaining, for those barbecues and of course, pool parties. Your driveways, pathways and pool areas all get worn down, dull and worn out from day-to-day life. Get your home’s exterior surfaces ready for summer with Hurricane Surface Maintenance, and those damaged and aged surfaces will look just like new in just a matter of time.

Your driveway is often the first thing your guests or company will notice when pulling up to your home. You can bring back the shine to your driveway with our maintenance services. You will want to start with our pressure wash intense cleaning followed by the perfect sealant chosen for your specific needs. Your driveway will look like new and it will be ready to withstand the harsh chemicals and elements, the heavy rains and all that it is exposed to every day.

We can smooth out your walkways by removing rough spots and tripping hazzards, then power wash them to remove the dirt, mold and elements that accumulate throughout the year. Once your pathway has been thouroughly cleaned with professional pressure cleaners, we then seal it to protect it from further damage, extending the life of your surfaces all while increasing its beauty.

Finally, what would summer be without having some friends over to take a swim in the pool! Your pool area will be so much more safe and appealing when it has been cleaned and sealed. Even better, allow us to treat the area with a beautiful and durable non-slip surface, so there will be less chance of children or even guests slipping.

Maybe you’re wanting more than just cleaning and sealing, maybe you would like a brand new look for your exterior surfaces. Talk to us about some fresh and innovative options such as grinding down your surface and creating a new decorative look! We can help you get your home ready for the coming summer months. When you choose Hurricane Surface Maintenance you will be choosing a company with integrity and many years of experience. We are a company that cares about our clients. We are licensed, registered and insured, with a fully qualified and friendly team ready to make your exterior surfaces look amazing! Give us a call today for a free quote.


3 types of Driveway Sealing to add value to your Home

A little time spent patching and sealing your driveway can extend the life of the driveway and improve the curb appeal—and value—of your home.

Before you apply a topcoat sealer, you must inspect the driveway and make the necessary repairs.

Hurricane quality products, advice, equipment and processes will give you a great looking driveway. It will assist you in avoiding expensive mistakes that lead to delamination, whiteness and blistering or premature ageing.

Inspect your driveway and make note of any cracks, oily stains, potholes, or areas that are crumbling. Pay particular attention to the very end and edges of the driveway, which are especially susceptible to damage.

If you find oil or grease stains, try removing them with hot, soapy water and a stiff-bristle scrub brush. Most driveways will have at least a few cracks, which must be repaired before you apply a sealer. It’s important to repair all cracks. If you don’t, they’ll only grow wider and longer over time. Before applying any filler, use a wet-or-dry vacuum to clean the cracks of loose dirt, grass, stones, or other matter. If necessary, use a slotted screwdriver, awl, or similar tool to pick out any trapped debris, grass, or weeds.

Check the weather forecast before applying sealer. Depending on the sealer used, you may need two to three days of dry, sunny weather for the sealer to set and dry properly. Make sure the driveway’s surface is completely dry before starting.

Hurricane quality products, advice, equipment and processes will give you a great looking driveway. It will assist you in avoiding expensive mistakes that lead to delamination, whiteness and blistering or premature ageing.

Colour seals will add a complete single colour to the entire driveway surface. Colour seals are ideal for hiding old and tired concrete or providing the right colour to tie in with the colour of your house.

Clear sealing solvents give a ‘wet look’ and darken the surface of the driveway. These are popular for people to bring out the best in their exposed aggregate, decorative concrete or just plain concrete. Water based clear sealers are less obvious and better for the environment.

Penetrating sealers are best for stone, paving and surfaces other than concrete. They are invisible coatings as they penetrate the surface. Water can be seen beading on the surface with the correct application of the right sealer for your surface.

Hurricane Maintenance also provides services for the Sunshine Coast and North Brisbane homes.

Their services include pressure-cleaning, grinding, non-slip and concrete repair and ensuring that sealing and epoxy coatings provide long term protection.


Add Life to Your Driveway with Surface Sealing

When you look at your driveway, patio or other concrete surface, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? If you are like most people, you just see it as another structure around your home. However, patios, driveways and other concrete slabs can be much more than that with the help of surface sealing. Even if you never thought about sealing your surfaces before, there is no time like the present to look into it for your home. Just check out some of the benefits that come from surface sealing.

It protects your surface from the elements.

When you have the surface of your driveway or patio sealed, you can help lock out the rain and sun. In doing so, you don’t have to worry about the surface of your driveway or patio becoming dull and faded from the sun washing out the colour. When the rain gets between all of the stones or bricks, it can cause them to shift and crack, essentially leading to what is referred to as concrete cancer. You want to keep the area as clean and dry as possible to keep your surface lasting longer.

It helps improve the appearance of your surface.

Regardless of how you look at it, you want the outside of your home to look as nice as possible. Your driveway and patio is no exception to the rule. With surface sealing, you can bring your surface to life and add in a new colour that is going to catch the attention of anyone coming to visit your home. Choose to go with a slightly darker colour than the one you have now or go with something completely different to really make your surface stand out.

It helps make cleaning the surface a snap.

Who wants to spend hours cleaning and scrubbing their patio, sidewalk or driveway? No one does. When you go with surface sealing, you won’t have to. You can easily wash and sweep your surface to leave it looking sensational at all times. The sealant also helps protect the surface from possible staining or damage.

Don’t leave your surface to chance. Turn to the help of our team of professionals to come out and get your surface taken care of for you quickly and easily. You deserve to have a beautiful looking surface and now you can have just that all by doing one simple thing.