How do you choose the best concrete sealer?
You’ve made a lifetime investment when you choose concrete for a project. Concrete is inherently porous, so it is likely stain from leaves, grease, or muddy water run-off. To help ensure beauty and durability, the last step of every concrete project should be sealing. You’ll have a choice of two types of sealers.
- Solvent. Solvent-based sealers are usually utilized for outdoor concrete projects — driveways, patios, and walkways. Their higher-gloss finish enhances the appearance and can be polished. Solvent-based sealers may sometimes have a longer life span before needing to reseal. Professionals usually apply them because personal protective equipment (PPE) is required.
- Water-based. Water-based sealers have come a long way and are preferred indoors to avoid the fumes caused by solvent-based sealers. They are also easier to apply and a good choice for DIYers. Water-based sealers are cost-effective and are less likely to show roller marks or bubbling, and clean-up is easy.