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Concrete Sealing Types & Methods

By Dale Pease - 9/29/22, 12:03 PM

Choosing the right concrete sealer for your job depends on a number of factors, but it primarily depends on the desired appearance and longevity of the application.

See below for a short description of the main types of sealant, then talk to your A-1 Concrete Leveling representative for a free evaluation and estimate to keep your concrete looking beautiful well into the future.

Tinted Concrete Sealing

Sealing doesn't have to be clear. Adding a little tint to the sealer can really make your concrete pop.

Tinted Concrete Sealant - Before
BEFORE
Tinted Concrete Sealant - After
AFTER

Acrylic Sealers for Concrete

Available in both solvent and water-based formulas, acrylic sealers are ideal for projects where easy application and low cost are important. On your concrete driveways, patios, and sidewalks these sealers create a protective film that provides good protection against oils, and salt penetration while causing water on the slabs to runoff. They are also UV resistant and non-yellowing. Available in a range of sheen levels, they also can be used to enhance the beauty of colored, stamped, or exposed-aggregate concrete.

  • How They Work ​

Acrylic sealers form a thin protective film on the concrete surface.

  • Primary Applications

Can be used for both exterior and interior concrete. Great for projects where easy application and cost factors are important. They enhance the beauty of colored, stamped, or exposed-aggregate concrete. Useful for faster application, since acrylics are often dry to the touch within an hour.    

  • Type of Finish 

Available in a range of sheen levels. Solvent-based acrylics generally enhance color better than water-based products.

  • Performance

Provide good protection against water and chloride intrusion, but usually wear faster than polyurethanes and epoxies. Solvent-based acrylics generally perform better than water-based products for outdoor use.

Penetrating Sealers (includes silanes, siloxanes, silicates, and siliconates)

Penetrating sealers, such as silanes, siloxanes, silicates, and siliconates, penetrate into the concrete to form a chemical barrier that shields against moisture penetration and deicing chemicals. Usually, they provide invisible protection without changing the surface appearance, and most products are breathable, allowing moisture vapor to escape. They are most commonly used outdoors since they provide excellent protection against harsh exposure conditions.

  • How They Work

Penetrate and react chemically within the capillaries of the concrete to shield against moisture penetration and deicing chemicals.

  • ​​​​​​​Primary Applications

Exterior concrete surfaces subject to corrosion and freeze-thaw damage Where a natural, matte finish is desired.

  • Type of Finish

Provide invisible protection without changing the surface appearance or leaving a sheen.

  • Performance

Provide excellent protection against outdoor exposure conditions. Most products are also breathable, allowing moisture vapor to escape.

Polyurethane Sealers

Polyurethane sealers are nearly twice as thick as an acrylic sealer and form a high-build protective film on the concrete surface that provides excellent resistance to abrasion and chemicals. They are available in water and solvent-based versions and a range of sheen levels. They can be used on both interior and exterior concrete to impart a transparent, non-yellowing, highly durable finish.

  • How They Work 

Form a high-build protective film on the concrete surface. Available in both solvent and water-based formulations

  • Primary Applications

Both exterior and interior concrete On floors in high-traffic areas, to provide good resistance to scuffs and staining To enhance the beauty of colored, stamped or exposed-aggregate concrete countertops

  • Type of Finish

Available in a range of sheen levels. Finish is transparent and non-yellowing.

  • Performance

Nearly twice as thick as acrylic sealers, and produce a very durable chemical- and abrasion-resistant finish. Most urethanes are moisture intolerant until they cure, so no water should be present on the surface when the sealer is applied.

DensiCrete

Densicrete is a penetrating sealer that reacts with the silica in the concrete, effectively forming new concrete bonds that fill tiny capillaries and cracks in the concrete. This process creates an effective water barrier by "densifying" the concrete thereby not allowing water to freely move through it.

During the application and chemical reaction phase, oils and salts are expelled from the concrete as the capillaries restrict. Densicrete is considered a one-and-done solution as it forms a permanent barrier to moisture in the top layer of concrete. Reapplication is not necessary unless a significant portion of the concrete's surface is worn away.

  • How it Works

As Densicrete is sprayed on the surface of the concrete, it is absorbed into the pores and capillaries of the top 1/2" or so of concrete. Then a chemical reaction occurs with the silicas in the concrete, which in effect creates new concrete to fill and densify the concrete. This pushes foreign material to the surface and creates a water-resistant seal against the elements and chemical de-icers.

  • Primary Applications

Outdoor applications, including driveways, sidewalks, and patios.

  • Type of Finish

Provides invisible protection without changing the surface appearance or leaving a sheen.

  • Performance

The longest-lasting sealer of the products listed. Instead of creating an artificial barrier on top of the concrete, it causes the concrete itself to become the barrier.

Why Use A-1 to Seal Your Concrete?

  • Saves you the effort of having to evaluate the best sealers and methods of application
  • A-1 has professionally trained technicians who know just how much sealer to apply
  • No need to rent equipment, saving time and money
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Supported by our National A-1 Franchise Network
  • A-1 is a fully insured contractor

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