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Concrete Sealers - Protect Your Concrete

Updated on August 19, 2010

Concrete Driveway Sealers


Concrete is used almost everywhere these days, if you have a home there is probably  a great deal of concrete used in its construction.  The reason for this is that concrete makes an excellent building material. It is durable and it is easy to work with. Despite the fact that concrete is one of the most durable construction materials there is it is still a good idea to protect your concrete with a concrete sealer.

There are a lot of things that can damage your concrete floor, oil, water, mold, and stains can all cause damage. It is also easier to wash and to sweep a concrete floor if it has had concrete sealer applied. It is especially important to protect floors that receive a lot of traffic, concrete is durable but it can be damaged. Concrete that is exposed to the elements also needs to be protected, concrete driveway sealers can keep your driveway from being damaged.

Concrete that is in areas where it is likely to be exposed to water absolutely needs to be sealed. If water penetrates the concrete it will do damage.  A concrete sealer can protect your floor by making sure that the water can’t penetrate the floor. If there are cracks on the floor the sealant will fill them in and give you a solid surface.

The most common type of concrete sealer is an acrylic sealant. This is basically like putting a clear paint onto your floor or driveway. If you are going to use a clear sealer you are going to have to put in some work in order to get the area prepared. You will need to patch any cracks and fill in any holes so that the surface is relatively smooth. Then you are going to have to get rid of any oil stains, mildew or mold, this will take some serious scrubbing. Then you will need to come by with a broom to remove anything that is still there. Finally you will want to go over it with some bleach and water.

A clear acrylic concrete sealer can be applied with a brush or a roller, you don’t need any special equipment. However it is a good idea to wear protective clothing since many people have allergic reactions to the sealant, usually the result is itching. You should also use eye protection as the chemicals can damage your eyes.


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