Sealing concrete isn’t necessarily required, but it can be a great idea for flat surfaces such as patios, walkways, pool areas, and more. If you want your concrete to last as long as possible, sealing will help by preventing water absorption. You know it’s working if you see water beading on the surface rather than sinking into the pavement. It also helps preserve the look of the concrete by keeping the color vibrant rather than faded. Sealers can also be applied with additives so that the pavement is not slippery, which is great for porches, step surfaces, or pool surrounds. Additionally, a protective sealant layer helps to fight staining and sun damage. Lift Right Concrete offers two great options for sealing concrete, ensuring the porous pavement surface has a reliable moisture barrier.
Acrylic surface sealer is a liquid coating that is applied to concrete surfaces as a protection against the elements. It goes on clear, is made of acrylic resins, and is a durable option. You can use this sealant on indoor and outdoor surfaces. Benefits include water damage protection, staining prevention, UV damage control, and cracking prevention. It also keeps the color vibrant and resists fading. With the added layer of protection, the surface is resistant to wear and tear, which will prolong the overall life of the pavement.
Acrylic surface sealer can be applied with a roller, a brush, or a sprayer. The size of the pavement will determine which application method is best. This type of sealer dries with a glossy finish that looks amazing on decorative or stamped concrete, but this often makes it slick. However, for specific surfaces, we can include a non-slip additive to make sure the pavement looks great and is also safe to walk on. This should be reapplied every two to three years.
Penetrating surface sealers are designed to infiltrate the surface of the concrete to form a protective barrier from water, stains, and other elements. These sealants are typically made from a combination of the chemicals silanes and siloxanes, which bond with the concrete, creating a more durable product. Penetrating surface sealers come in color options as well as clear. Many people opt for the colored sealers if their concrete is damaged or stained because it will adequately hide the imperfections.
Penetrating surface sealers should only be applied on clean, dry concrete and are applied with a roller, brush, or sprayer, similar to acrylic sealants. Some benefits of penetrating surface sealant include protection from water penetration, prevention of staining and UV ray damage, increased durability of the pavement, added resistance to wear and tear, and spalling prevention. Concrete also looks darker and more vibrant. This sealant should be reapplied every four to seven years.
These sealing processes may sound straightforward, but it’s best to have a professional apply it to make sure the layer is even and carefully spread. Both options can be beneficial for many pavements. If you need your concrete sealed, contact Lift Right Concrete for the best advice on which method is best for your project and to ensure it’s done right.