How Choosing the Right Concrete Floor Sealer Can Save Time and Money

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One of the main benefits of decorative concrete flooring is the versatility. By combining stamps, stains, and dyes, you can create a completely custom look for your flooring. All of your hard work could be for naught, however, if you don’t choose the right concrete floor sealer to finish your flooring.

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Types of Concrete Floor Sealer

Concrete floor sealer must be applied to a decorative concrete surface to protect it from damage. Areas that see high foot or vehicle traffic need to be sealed with an abrasion-resistant sealer, and outdoor surfaces should be sealed with slip-resistant coatings. The type of sealer you choose will depend on the location and function of the flooring – there are three main options:

  • Acrylic – Acrylic concrete floor sealer is usually clear, but you can add pigments to give it color. This type of sealer is generally UV-stable, which makes it a good choice for outdoor surfaces. You can also layer multiple coatings of this sealer over time to maintain durability and ease of maintenance.
  • Epoxy – These sealers are recommended for high-traffic areas, such as commercial and industrial applications. Epoxy sealers are harder than acrylic sealers, although they are a little bit trickier to install. You need to be very careful about moisture to prevent problems with epoxy sealers.
  • Urethane – This type of concrete floor sealer is the most expensive, but it is also the most abrasion-resistant. Urethane sealers need to be applied over an epoxy sealer, and depending on the brand,  they may not offer UV protection.

No matter what kind of concrete floor sealer you choose for your next project, the experts at Specialty Concrete Services can discuss the widest variety of sealer options available to you and will ensure your new concrete floor investment is protected.

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