What professionals and do-it-yourselfers should know about when to seal and when to skip

It’s hard to imagine a building project that doesn’t involve concrete. Whether it’s basic foundations or elaborate patio designs, concrete has become an integral part of the construction process. Maintaining all this concrete is smart for both the environment and your finances; most of the time, this means sealers. However, there are certain times when you should be hesitant about applying these products. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons to apply a concrete sealer, and some of the most common reasons to wait.

You’ll need to apply a sealer if...

…you want lasting beauty

One of the main purposes of concrete sealer is to help restore and protect the surface. Sealed concrete resists staining, fading and wear. While concrete is strong, durable and long-lasting, it’s actually quite porous. Like a sponge, it will soak up and hold water and other stains that my come from leaking cars or tree droppings.

...you’re going to drive on the surface

Concrete can break down with wear, so if you are going to drive over the area, even at a slow, parking-lot pace, you need to consider using a sealer. Concrete sealers will enhance the durability and long-lasting quality of the concrete and provide resistance to oil, salt, antifreeze and other chemicals that could drop from your vehicles.

Nothing lasts forever, so no matter what material you are driving on, it will wear down. Without a sealer, you are wearing down the concrete itself. With a quality sealer, you are wearing down the top coat, which is easier and more affordable to replace.

...the concrete is colored or decorative

Whether it is for your own house or a job you are working on, if you want the surface to provide an eye-catching appearance, then using a sealer makes sense. Try Antique Stain for a semi-transparent appearance or to create an acid stain look without using acids.

If you prefer a solid color sealer we offer two, which are available in over 20 colors:

  1. Coloron is used for a durable satin finish that is highly resistant to acids, oils and tire marks. It will beautify and protect and can be used on interior and exterior concrete surfaces of all types.

  2. Colorcrete, which has been designed for interior and exterior horizontal concrete surfaces. It’s both easy to use and environmentally friendly.

Sealer will help maintain the desired color while offering protection. This makes sealer an essential item for pool decks, decorative walkways, patios and more.

You shouldn’t apply a sealer if....

...it’s too hot or too cold outside

Concrete sealers, like many other chemicals and liquids, change with the outside temperature, altering their effectiveness and quality. For most sealing applications, it is best to avoid applying a sealer when it is below 50 degrees or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Wait until the temperature is more moderate for better results.

Quality sealers for any project

Do you need quality concrete products for your home or job site? Check out our full selection of cleaners, sealers, color coatings and more. We offer numerous colors and treatment options, so contact us if you have any questions.