Sealed Concrete Solutions
Sealing concrete helps protect it from surface damage, corrosion and staining caused by weather and regular wear and tear. Your concrete can be profiled and coated with a sealer to block pores and reduce the absorption of water, salts, and other substances that could damage concrete. It also forms an impermeable coating, which prevents materials from ruining and destabilizing your concrete floor long-term.
Concrete floors, no matter where we install them, take a beating. Things get dropped, chemicals are spilled and vehicles and machinery move in and out all day. We recommend all newly installed concrete be sealed in order to protect it and increase its life.
The American Concrete Institute, Portland Cement Association and National Ready Mix Concrete Association have all found that the majority of concrete damage is attributed to surface moisture intrusion. The most pervasive form of concrete damage is surface scaling from freeze/thaw conditions. Other forms of damage include alkali-silica reaction (ASR), chemical intrusion, and corrosion of steel reinforcements.
Weather and environment are huge factors when it comes to concrete damage. Freeze/ thaw conditions cause water particles to absorb into concrete then expand, ultimately cracking the concrete in the process. While we don’t experience freezing temperatures often here in Southern California, salty air from the nearby beaches can be equally damaging. Ocean water is naturally mildly acidic, which over time, eats away at your bare concrete, breaking the bonds and weakening the surface until eventual cracking and breaking.
Sealing your concrete floor not only protects it from environmental factors, but also increases its durability for regular, every day use. A sealed concrete floor remains stronger and more durable years longer than a floor without a sealant. We offer a variety of concrete sealing solutions for industrial kitchens, high traffic garages and any other concrete surface you may have.
Different Types of Concrete Sealers
High quality concrete sealers can block up to 99% of surface moisture, making your concrete floor more durable and longer lasting. We offer two types of concrete sealer solutions: Topical Sealers (coatings) and Penetrating Sealers (reactive).
Topical Concrete Sealers
Topical Sealers shield concrete from stains and chemicals. They also visually improve the concrete floor by giving it a uniform coating. Topical sealers can alter the level of friction your concrete floor experiences, which can make substrates slick when wet. This is easily remedied by adding anti-skid materials in the coating.
Topical sealers can last many years before needing to be re-sealed.
Single Component Sealers: Generally, acrylic based resins are a type of topical sealer that forms a film membrane on the concrete surface. They are known to augment the appearance of the concrete, which can be described as "color enhanced". They also provide UV protection for colored substrates, which will protect colored concretes from fading in the hot sun. Although it’s the softest and least lasting of the major sealer categories, price and convenience make acrylic resins a very popular choice for decorative concrete flooring.
Epoxy/Urethane Systems: We also offer Epoxy/Urethane concrete flooring systems, which create a film membrane over the concrete surface similar to acrylic resins. Two part Epoxy/ Urethane systems offer a much more durable and longer lasting concrete coating. This sealant solution is a great choice for demanding applications including garage floors, factory floors, and restaurants. High-end urethanes can also be extremely abrasion resistant.
Penetrating Concrete Sealers
Penetrating sealers are made of specialty resins, which penetrate into the concrete and form a chemical barrier against water, oil and other common contaminants. The chemical reaction bonds active ingredients within the substrate, deterring surface moisture. Penetrating sealers do not significantly modify substrate appearance or traction. The lifespan of penetrating sealers is about 5 years.
Sealed Concrete FAQ
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What type of concrete surfaces should I seal?
Exterior concrete can quickly become damaged with weather and environmental factors. A concrete sealant will protect it against whatever nature throws its way. Both interior and exterior concrete can be sealed for specific purposes such as stain repellence, dust reduction, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance and to maintain an attractive appearance. All concrete surfaces benefit from sealing.
What happens if I don’t seal my concrete?
Concrete is a penetrable substance that easily absorbs liquids and other materials. In certain climates and regions, concrete can be more susceptible to damage. Water, oil, salt, and other chemicals can stain and damage unsealed concrete. Unsealed concrete is prone to cracking when moisture seeps in and breaks those tight bonds.
What will my sealer repel?
Depending on what sealer is used it can repel water, salts, oil, stains and chemicals. A high performance epoxy or urethane coating is recommended for extra durability.
How long will my concrete seal last?
Because they penetrate the concrete, reactive chemical sealers will last the longest and generally only wear away if the substrate surface itself wears away, which can be 10 years or longer. You can get similar performance by using an epoxy or urethane system, which can last up to 10 years depending on traffic exposure and weather conditions. Acrylic-resin sealers offer the shortest performance life - generally 1 to 3 years.
How will my sealed surface look?
That all depends on the type of sealer you choose to apply. Most chemically reactive sealers are nearly invisible because they penetrate deep into the concrete. Solvent-based acrylic resin sealers and epoxies provide significant color enhancement and give concrete a high-gloss, wet look. Water-based acrylic resin sealers provide moderate color enhancement and a satin appearance. Urethanes (generally applied as topcoat over epoxy) are available in a wide range of finishes, from matte to gloss. Many sealers can also be colored with translucent or opaque tints upon request.