Why Seal Concrete?
Concrete sealers act as a final layer of protection against damage from the elements such as: contamination from deicing chemicals, water damage, corrosion and stress caused by freeze/thaw cycles.
Concrete sealers not only prolong the life of the concrete, but can also enhance and preserve the appearance of decorative concrete surfaces such as stamped, colored, stained/dyed or exposed aggregate. The proper sealing of concrete protects it from the elements, prolongs its life and enhances its beauty.
Sealing Compound Types
Concrete sellers fall into two broad categories:
Such as silances and siloxanes which react chemically within the capillaries of the concrete to shield against moisture penetration and deicing chemicals. Penetrant sealers are typically invisible and do not alter appearance of the surface making them ideal for exterior concrete subject to corrosion and freeze/thaw damage.
Such as acrylics, polyurethanes and epoxies which form a protective film on the surface of the concrete. Film forming sealants impart a sheen or “wet look” to the surface which is ideal for enhancing and highlighting the beauty of decorative concrete sealers.