Installing decorative concrete on the interior and exterior of your home can not only improve your home’s aesthetic appeal but also skyrocket it’s value. However, to ensure that your project would last long and is durable, it is VERY IMPORTANT to apply a sealer to your concrete at the end of the decorative concrete project. Sealers can extend the life of your concrete regardless if you’re installing a backyard patio or a showroom floor.
We’ve listed some reasons why a concrete sealer is a necessary companion for any kind of concrete project (big or small, outdoors or indoors):
Sealer Improves the Final Look of Your Project
If you’re looking for something specific for your concrete project, a sealer can definitely achieve what kind of look you want. For example, there are sealers with gloss that can help you achieve a high-shine look for an indoor concrete floor. There are also non-gloss sealers that can work for outdoor projects or if you want to have a more natural look on the inside of your home.
Sealers Offer Serious Protection
There are four different kinds of concrete sealers: silicates, acrylics, polyurethanes and epoxies. Each type is used in specific types of projects and can withstand different kinds of damage and wear and tear. Without these types of sealers, your concrete surface would be left exposed and super vulnerable to imperfections and stains that can become a tedious task as you try to remove it. It can also ruin the aesthetics of the concrete surface.
If you live in an area that has low to extremely low temperatures, sealing your concrete can lower the odds of your floor experiencing the freeze-thaw damage. Freeze-thaw occurs when water seeps in from the surface and then expands when it freezes. This can cause cracks and/or surface flakes on the concrete. If you are consistent in coating your concrete with a good and quality sealer, it’s unlikely for you to deal with this kind of inconvenience.
One thing that you should always remember is that concrete sealers won’t last forever. Make sure to always reseal your concrete. Depending on the type of sealers used and the amount of sun exposure that your concrete is exposed to, resealing could be necessary every 1 to 10 years.