GhostShield ® Concrete Sealers & Densifiers

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Friday 5th of May 2017

Topics: how to, diy

By the time fall rolls around, most of us are ready to say goodbye to the summer heat, and hello to a few months of cool weather. However, autumn is more than just a time to enjoy the changing color of the leaves and the dropping of the mercury in the thermometer; its a time to prepare your home for the coming ravages of winter. After all, if you dont take care of potential problems now, before they actually happen, you could find yourself stuck with some major repair work right in the middle of the Holiday Season. Heres a quick list of things you need to do to prepare your home for the coldest months of the year.

  1. Fix basement cracks: Unsightly basement cracks may just seem like a visual nuisance but in actually they are the leading cause of water and moisture problems in basements. Scope out all cracks and fill them with a crack filler to prevent water from intruding

  2. Seal your basement to prevent spring water damage: By using either a silane/siloxane sealer Siloxa-Tek 8500 on concrete blocks or cinderblock and Lithi-Tek 9500 on poured foundations your basement will be sealed and protected from water as a result of spring melt-age. Or even moisture from winter snow.

  3. Fix driveway cracks: Driveways are especially susceptible to cracking and spalling after a winter of snow and ice. By fixing all existing cracks before winter you reduce the risk of expansion and extensive damage.

  4. Seal your driveway to prevent salt degredation, spalling and freeze-thaw damage: Salt is one of the most destructive forces to a concrete driveway. By protecting the driveway with Siloxa-Tek 8500, spalling, salt degradation and freeze-thaw damage are all prevented.

  5. Seal your sidewalks to prevent salt degredation, spalling and freeze-thaw damage: Salt is one of the most destructive forces to a concrete sidewalk. By protecting the sidewalk with Siloxa-Tek 8500, spalling, salt degradation and freeze-thaw damage are all prevented.

Lithi-Tek 9500

Waterproofer & densifier

Siloxa-Tek 8500

Water & salt repellent

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