You may be wondering what you can do to keep your concrete floor looking like new—a suitable sealant can be the answer. Concrete is more porous than you may think—it absorbs water and other liquids, and in colder climates, rain or melted snow can seep in, refreeze, and expand, damaging it over time. Additionally, oil, salt, dirt, and other chemicals and debris can discolor and damage it. However, adding sealants to the mix or sealing it after it cures will go a long way in helping with longevity.
Concrete Sealants Extend The Lifetime Of Your Flooring
The sealant you choose is your floor’s first line of protection from spills, elements, and other damage. It can dramatically extend your floor’s shelf-life, although the durability depends on the type of protection you use. Water-based sealants don’t last as long as oil-based ones, although both will penetrate. They also require maintenance—you must reapply them after a certain time, which is determined by the type you use.
- They protect from water absorption.
- Sealants increase durability so that it will last longer.
- They prevent stains in many cases.
Choose From An Array Of Protective Concrete Sealants
Sealants can be epoxy or acrylic, and there are several types to choose from. You’ll want to decide based on your climate, as certain sealers work best for different conditions. You’ll also want to consider the amount of traffic and type of usage you anticipate for your flooring—what works in a living area may not be enough for a high-traffic kitchen.
These sealants are mixed with the concrete to prevent water absorption once the concrete cures. The protection is consistent throughout the entire pour since it is combined with the mixture before pouring. The plant mixes a measured dosage with your load to ensure there is enough and that it is mixed thoroughly.
These sealants are sprayed on concrete once it cures. You must thoroughly clean the concrete and, in most cases, allow it to dry before application. The concrete absorbs it, so you cannot see the sprayed sealant once applied.
If you want to change or upgrade the look of a concrete patio or walkway, you can use decorative sealers. Various types include:
- Concrete Enhancer
- Water-Resistant Sealer
- Non-Yellowing Sealer
- Evaporation Retardant Sealer
- “Wet Look” Solvent-Based Sealer
- Slip-Resistant Additive (For Decorative Sealers)
Choosing The Appropriate Sealant & Mistakes To Avoid
Avoid concrete sealant mistakes by getting guidance from a trained technician before attempting the job solo or obtaining a professional application from an experienced contractor. A contractor or technician can tell you which type of sealer is best for your project based on the climate in your location and what you use the concrete for. Mistakes you can easily make include:
- Applying Sealant Too Thick
- Not Thoroughly Cleaning With A High-Pressure Washer
- Choosing The Wrong Sealer For Your Climate Or Intended Use
- Working Without Proper Personal Protective Equipment
Consult Our Experts For Guidance In Protecting Your Flooring
Applying concrete sealants correctly the first time ensures your concrete patio, sidewalk, or garage floor is protected from water and dirt. It also reduces the maintenance you must do, such as cleaning dirt off the concrete. If the sealant is not applied properly, you will have to repeat the process sooner rather than later. Contact Coatings Hub NorCal in Jamestown or San Jose for more information about applying the correct concrete sealant for your floors.