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robync
Removing astroturf on front step--do I need to seal concrete?

My front step, and my back patio, are covered in very old AstroTurf. I've read the older threads on how to remove the turf and residual glue. What I'm wondering though, is if I will need to seal the concrete once the turf is up, or can I just clean it? I live in Arizona--the sun is the issue here, not mold or freezing temps. My father decided to use a concrete paint when he removed the AstroTurf at his house--it is ugly, it peels, and every year or so he is repainting or touching up. I would rather just have the clean concrete, but a friend told me that concrete has to be covered or sealed. I'd like to know what I'm getting into before I take up the turf. Any feedback or suggestions are appreciated!! Thank you.

A. Spruce
Re: Removing astroturf on front step--do I need to seal concrete?

Concrete does not need any coatings at all to be a durable, aesthetically pleasing surface, so, you can simply remove the astroturf, clean it, and be done.

Reasons to apply a coating of some sort is due to staining or blotchiness. It is best to use a stain or other "open" finish that allows the concrete to breate, as opposed to a sealer, such as paint or clear seal product, because concrete wicks moisture and trapped moisture is what causes peeling and blistering. Solid coat products tend not to wear as well because they form a membrane over the concrete rather than becoming a part of it.

ordjen
Re: Removing astroturf on front step--do I need to seal concrete?

I wouldn't expect any of the surface formng concrete paints to give a whole lot of trouble in freeze free Southern Arizona. It is trapped moisture under the surface of a paint or coating that freezes and pops the paint off. It is the same reason why glazed tiles are not used in freeze zones for exteriors, however unglazed tiles can be used for exterior applications.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Removing astroturf on front step--do I need to seal concrete?

Be sure to read the label when it comes to surface temperatures when applying the materials. Might wanna wait until January or February

ed21
Re: Removing astroturf on front step--do I need to seal concrete?

If you can get all the adhesive off nothing else is needed if you are satisfied with the finish/look of the concrete steps.
Maybe tile would dress up the steps if your in the mood for the work.

robync
Re: Removing astroturf on front step--do I need to seal concrete?

Wonderful assistance; thank you--everyone! With four short replies I not only feel more confident, but excited to get going! Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with me.

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