Decorative Concrete Sealers and Coatings: Concrete comes in many different forms that can be found both in both exterior and interior applications. There are Concrete Driveways and patios, Vertical concrete walls, Basement Floors, Concrete countertops, etc. All of these surfaces may have varying properties. One thing for sure is concrete is very porous and can eventually breakdown from the elements(weather and sun) and just wear and tear. By sealing and/or waterproofing your concrete surface you will not only protect the beauty of a decorative surface but truly extend the life of the actual surface.

So what is the best concrete sealer for your situation? The answer to that is dependent on what you are protecting and what affect on the appearance you may desire in the end.

Concrete sealers/coatings come in both water based and solvent based formulas and as simple single componant or multiple componant. Most of them will provide an effect and protection to a wide variety of surfaces but many factors come into play. Questions to ask yourself are:

Do I want glossy or natural?
Do I need to worry about slipping?
Do I want or need to darken the colors?
Do I live in a harsh climate?
How often and how dificult is it to re-seal?

The answers to some of that will help in a decision process.

Sealers from Walttools come in a variety of styles to meet your needs. The Stampsheen line is the most common decorative sealer for ease of use and cost. They are either solvent or water base acrylics. From there you will find other sealers and coating for various projects such as epoxies and polyaspartics.

One of the biggest and most notable differences between water base and solvent based sealers is the the solvent based sealers will "wet out" or darken the surface and water baed will not(EXCEPTION HEAL AND SEAL). That means your colors and surface will be darker in appearance after sealing. If you like your surface as you see it and it just needs to be protected then a water base product will likely be suitable. Water based concrete sealers in general have very little odor and are water clean, which makes them more convenient to use.

Don't forget that with all sealed surfaces, there is always a danger of slipping. For that, do not forget to get our Tru Grip, non slip additive. It works with most sealers to reduce the danger of slip hazards.


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