It’s done. The newly resurfaced driveway, patio, pool deck, or living room floor looks heavenly. Before singing arias of praise and delight, seal the floor first. All experts in concrete sealing from St. Louis will advise having a concrete floor sealed not because they would earn from it, but because floor owners will benefit a lot from a sealed concrete floor.
Benefits of Concrete Sealing
When something comes highly recommended, it is for good reasons why. If in doubt, please do explore the benefits of sealing a concrete floor, such as:
- Sealing concrete is an effective way of protecting the surface from harmful outdoor elements, like UV rays and rain. There is a tendency, however, for sealers to fade out when exposed to deicing salts so opt for a less abrasive alternative.
- Enhances the visual appeal of a concrete floor. A stained concrete floor’s colors become a lot deeper and vibrant.
- Sealers are available in flat to high-gloss finishes. It can add some sort of shine on a concrete floor, making it look newer and more luxurious.
Concrete Sealer Types
The best way to seal concrete is by spraying or rolling. The important thing is to cover all areas completely to keep any moisture or dirt from getting absorbed into the porous concrete underneath. There are many different types of concrete sealers, each one having special features and application specifications:
- Acrylic Sealers – The cost to seal concrete with an acrylic sealer may range between $0.15 to $0.25 per square foot. This is the most affordable type of sealer because it only has a lifespan of around 1 to 3 years, depending on the amount of floor usage. Ideal for use on both interior and exterior floors. Comes in a solvent and water-based version, both with a quick-drying feature.
- Epoxy Sealers – This two-part sealer is perfect for high-traffic interior floors. It is not advisable to use this for outdoor concrete surfaces because it has a tendency to turn yellowish when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. It comes in clear and pigmented finishes.
- Penetrating Sealers – This includes silanes, siloxanes, and silicates. From the name itself, it penetrates past the concrete’s surface to provide optimum protection from abrasion, corrosion, and freeze-thaw damage. This matter sealer is breathable enough to allow moisture to escape from within the concrete floor.
- Polyurethane Sealers – Available in both solvent and water-based formulations, this sealer creates a super tough film on concrete. It can be used both indoors and out because it is not temperature-resistant, thus, no yellowing or blushing issues with this sealer type.
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To optimize the protection provided by concrete sealers, make sure to have them applied by someone who knows how to seal concrete floors properly. Decorative Concrete Resurfacing has a team of professional installers with decades of experience in decorative concrete resurfacing and refinishing solutions. Proper sealing ensures optimum protection and long-lasting concrete floors. Give us a call for more information and a free quote.