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How to Choose the Perfect Concrete Sealer

How to choose the perfect concrete sealer

If you have exterior concrete around your home, the best way to protect and preserve these areas is to invest in a concrete sealer. Concrete sealers are applied to concrete surfaces and are designed to protect against internal and external damage.

The Benefits of Concrete Sealers

A concrete sealer is essential to protect your exterior surfaces from freeze/thaw cycles, stains from dirt, deicing salts, oil, and other contaminants. However, there are a number of other benefits you can get from different sealers. Some of these benefits include:

  • Enriching the color intensity of concrete
  • Adding sheen to the surface
  • Blocking the penetration of dirt, oil, grease, chemicals, and stains
  • Protecting against abrasion and wear

A concrete sealer will also help to make cleaning and maintaining your concrete easier because it creates a protective barrier between your concrete and the contaminants that can damage your concrete. This means it's easy to sweep away debris before it can cause any damages.

Depending on the concrete sealer you choose, you can also get color and sheen benefits. Speaking with a concrete sealing expert can help determine what sort of concrete sealer will work best for your outdoor surface.

However, before you choose a sealer, it's important to understand the various purposes and uses of the four main types of sealers to have a good understanding of what qualities you're looking for regarding your surfaces.

The 4 Main Types of Concrete Sealers

There are 4 main types of concrete sealers to choose from. These types are:

  • Penetrating Sealers
  • Polyurethane Sealers
  • Epoxy Concrete Sealers
  • Acrylic Concrete Sealers

Penetrating sealers penetrate and react chemically within the pores of your concrete to create a shield against moisture penetration and other chemicals. This option provides invisible protection without changing the surface appearance of your concrete or leaving behind a sheen. Penetrating sealers provide excellent protection against outdoor exposure.

Polyurethane sealers form a high-build protective film on concrete surfaces and are available in both solvent and water-based formulas. These sealers work for both exterior and interior concrete with high traffic. It's available in a range of sheen levels, though the finish is transparent and non-yellowing. This option is nearly twice as thick as acrylic sealers and produces a very durable chemical and abrasion-resistant finish.

The last two sealer options, epoxy and acrylic, are best used indoors. These sealers can fade in the sun and aren't water resistant, which won't be helpful for your exterior concrete surfaces. The best option for your concrete sealer project is to choose a sealer with a full range of protective measures.

Working With a Professional

The best way to pick the perfect concrete sealer for your project is to work with a professional, like the experts at Property Shine Cleaning and Restoration. Our pressure washing professionals work with you to choose the best concrete sealers for your unique project. We also provide professional pressure washing before our concrete sealer application to ensure your concrete is clean and clear during application.

To set up an appointment with the concrete sealer experts at Property Shine Cleaning and Restoration, call us today and we'll help you decide which concrete sealer is the best option for your unique project.

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