Which Type of Concrete Sealer Do You Need?

Doug Enright 

If you’re taking on a concrete project yourself, you may have many questions. With careful planning and consulting a professional, you can take on any concrete project with ease. One of the questions you want to ask yourself is whether or not your project needs a concrete sealer. Let’s look at what type of sealer you need for your concrete or cement project.

Types of Concrete Sealers

Depending on the type of concrete project you’re investing in, you may or may not need concrete sealer to finish it off. A concrete sealant helps protect the top layer from water damage and other types of damage. It’s mostly to make your concrete less permeable, so that water can’t seep in and eventually cause issues that crack the concrete. For some projects, using a sealant makes sense, especially for outdoor concrete. For indoor concrete, you may not need a sealer based on the project.

For indoor projects, you’re often using concrete for countertops or floors. Most countertops will already be pre-coated with a sealant to help lock in the color and texture. For floors, it varies. If you’re using concrete for a basement floor, you may not seal it if you’re placing carpet or wood flooring on top of it. If it’s outdoors, such as a concrete patio, you may choose a sealant if the patio is exposed. It helps protect the concrete and keep it in good condition versus the elements.

If you’re not sure whether or not you want to use a concrete sealer for your project, consult a concrete professional for their advice. They can give you a full estimate for the project, including using a sealer, and give you the big picture of what you should do for the long-term protection of concrete and cement on your property.

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