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Concrete Sealing

Updated on December 21, 2013

Is Your Concrete White?

Learn real professional tips and tricks from the owner and CEO of today you will learn how to stop that white efflorescence and calcium from destroying the look of your pool decking no matter if it's brick, stamped concrete , or stone. This Picture is a before of pool decking made of stamped concrete we are not only going to make it look new but it will last ten years or more.

Before & After

How to stop Efflorescence From Turning Your Pool Decking White!

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You hired an expert to strip and seal your pool decking and they did an excellent job bringing back the beautiful colors in your stamped concrete, brick, or stone. How proud you were.


Then a few months later you start to see a little efflorescence (white powder), but the powder brushes off so that's ok.

Next the rainy season hits and you start seeing huge areas of white that will not brush off.

The science is simple ground water migrates through the concrete bringing with it the salt and calcium directly to the pool deck surface.

The end result is your pool decking is even more unattractive than it was before you had it redone a short year ago.

Now let's talk about the cure. The very best example I can think of, is concrete slabs homes are built on in Southern California.

Ask yourself: why efflorescence is almost unheard of inside the house even when the exact same materials are being used outside and inside.

(like slate or brick)

I can almost hear readers screaming Rain!

But the truth is any good sealer will stop rain water from going in the concrete,

but the hydrostatic water pressure from underground water blows through the surface sealer from underneath turning the damaged sealer an unattractive white color.

The answer is simple, under every concrete house slab is a vapor barrier made of plastic sheeting this stops water migrating, effectively stopping efflorescence inside the house.

Who wants to rip out their pool deck to put the vapor barrier underneath? I Don't!

The perfect solution would be to use a penetrating sealer that creates a vapor barrier inside the concrete that can stand up to hydrostatic pressure.


Here it is: the cure for efflorescence is Aldon's efflorescence treatment and Aldon's SBS sealer, this one two punch works and will put an end to your pool decking problems. These are the very best concrete sealers money can buy.

These two products will give you the color enhancement and long lasting protection you have been looking for.

Brick Before and After


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      CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

      This is so cool. This would work wonders on the front patio and steps. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      That's interesting Scott - wonder if it would work on rising damp in the garage?

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      PadmashriSriram 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens, with detailed images depicting the concrete efflorescence.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Wow, the before and after pictures are dramatic.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Another stunning tile transformation!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. Artistic work at its maximum level! Enjoyed the lens:=)

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      nicely done

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You are a true artist Scott...I love seeing this type of passion. As you know I have been through your website and all I can say is that it absolutely amazed me.

      Faux stain and Scott Hicks really has it 'going on' - to see the passion in your eyes as you reproduce and capture the beauty of a rock by hand painting the details is remarkable. Quality of workmanship and attention to details isn't something that companies or individuals focus on anymore these days...most are about quantity, not you know how much that makes me smile?

      I'm proud to know you - I highly recommend everyone to really go through your website to really see and appreciate the art that you's spectacular.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Had to come back for a second look.