What is Concrete Sealer?
Like all other floor types, concrete gets damaged over time by water, weather, impacts, and general use by people. Concrete sealer is a way to help prevent damage to a floor, by applying a coating that acts as a natural shield. Most of the damage that can occur to concrete is often done because of absorption of materials in the surface. Things like water and oil, to name a few common culprits.
If the concrete floor is exposed to the elements, then the constant freezing and thawing will cause some major problems with the floor’s structure. Commercial concrete sealer is designed to help with that.
Different Sealer Types
Sealers work by either filling in the pores where the water can be absorbed into and can also form a strong barrier to prevent entry. The two types of sealers are topical sealers that go on dry surfaces to gain traction and penetrating sealers that go into the concrete and bond with the material.
For one, topical sealers can alter the friction of a floor, so if it gets wet, then the floor could lose all traction. Penetrating sealers do not, but there are specific types of penetrating sealers for different types of floors.
Types of Sealers Used
One of the most common types of concrete floor sealers are acrylic resins that are simple to install and affordable while still providing protection. They are primarily used on outdoor concrete and while they don’t last as long, they are still good defenders to keep your floor in good shape. Epoxy sealers are primarily used on garage floors and are a lot like acrylics. However, epoxy sealers are resistant to chemicals and scratches, so if you are the type of person who always works in the garage and moves heavy objects the epoxy could be good for you. They take more time to install but make up for it in longevity.
The Benefits of Silane
Silane is a penetrating sealer that goes deep into the concrete and forms bonds with the material to completely block pores. It is resistant to water and will stay in place as long as the concrete does, so if you have some existing concrete you need to be protected then silane could be a good answer.
Both of the concrete sealer types have their advantages and disadvantages, and it’s up to you to make the right choice.