The type of concrete sealer you use can impact everything from aesthetics to the longevity of your garage or driveway.
With so many options on the market, finding the right one for your needs can be challenging.
Luckily, we’re here to help.
The Importance of Sealing Concrete
Before diving into the different types of concrete sealers, it’s a good idea to know the purpose they serve.
Since concrete is a porous material, it absorbs whatever substance it comes in contact with. Household products like oil or fertilizer can discolor concrete while road salt and water can significantly weaken it.
Concrete sealers act as a barrier against the elements, ensuring your driveway or garage maintains its looks and strength over time. This can be especially important for maintaining a high resale value of your home.
Types of Concrete Sealer
Here, we’ll break down the pros and cons of the most popular types of sealers.
Read on to learn which may be best for you.
Solvent-Based Concrete Sealers
In solvent-based sealers, both polymers and solvents are present, forming a clear solution. As it dries, the solvents evaporate leaving the polymer coating on the concrete floor.
These generally add a darker, wet-look finish to the concrete. Because it must be applied so thickly, it also tends to be more slippery when wet.
These tend to have higher V.O.C. (Volatile Organic Compound) rates and are less environmentally friendly.
Water-Based Concrete Sealers
Water-based sealers have more of a matte finish and are less prone to slipping than their solvent-based counterparts.
Application and clean up tend to be quick and easy with water-based solvents. They also have little to no V.O.C. rates.
Epoxy Concrete Sealers
Epoxy sealers have some of the thickest formulas, making them especially scratch-resistant. These types also have a low V.O.C. rate and are generally considered to be environmentally friendly.
A downside of epoxy sealers is that they tend to yellow and fade after consistent exposure to sunlight. They are not U.V. resistant.
Both water-based and solvent-based epoxy sealers are available.
Acrylic Concrete Sealers
Acrylic sealers are a great option for adding a glossy, sophisticated finish to your concrete floors and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
They tend to be a more budget-friendly option and are available in both water-based and solvent-based formulas.
Polyurea Concrete Sealers
Depending on your preference, polyurea offers finishes ranging from a subtle to sheen to a wet look concrete sealer.
Since polyurea is U.V. resistant, the color of your garage floor will not alter or turn yellow over time. It’s also scratch-resistant, much more durable than acrylic sealers, and 20 times stronger than an epoxy coating.
For added longevity, a second layer may be applied that is a waterproof concrete sealer.
Polyurea concrete sealers also cure extremely quickly, leaving less time for unsightly bubbles to form in its surface and more time for you to enjoy your environment.
Experience the Best in Concrete Sealers
Our cutting-edge concrete sealer system will give you the results that you want and peace of mind that your home will maintain its beauty and value for many years to come.
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