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Concrete Sealers Spoken Here

Updated on August 29, 2017
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Alan earned a Bachelor of Science in Technology from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute.

Concrete Sealants Protect Your Hard Work

If you've recently added a new landing, new concrete steps, a concrete patio, or a concrete walkway that you want to protect and keep nice for the long term, using concrete sealer is a must.

You will need to permit the concrete to completely dry to be sure that it's not going to have any dampness inside.

Letting it dry completely and attain its full strength will generally take about 21-30 days time to assure that it's substantially dry and hardened... Let it cure for at least 28 days if possible.

Some concrete sealants also serve as a concrete stain, as you can see in the photo below.

Beautifully Sealed Concrete

Want to Add Some Curb Appeal to Your Home?

Add a beautiful new set of exterior concrete steps and then use a concrete sealer with a color stain. It need not match your home, but only be complementary to it to give it a little something special.

No matter what type of project you've completed, assuring that you care for it and provide for the longevity of the concrete is important. It's much more easily done with a concrete sealant.

Particularly for the projects that you'd like to see be impervious to damage, to rain and moisture as well as to chemicals such as salt or dirt, sealing them becomes almost a necessity.

Sealing your concrete is a relatively easy task. In fact, probably the most difficult part of it is figuring out exactly how much sealant that you may need to accomplish the job.

How to Figure Sealant Amount

Measure then multiply width times the length of the concrete that you want to apply concrete sealant too.

Essentially the amount of your concrete sealant that you need is going to depend on: how much area that you are covering, the kind of sealer that you're going to apply and how porous the concrete is that you are protecting.

Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for the sealer you're going to use.

They will be the final word on how to use it as well as how much of it that you want to have on hand to complete the sealing project.

Applying Sealer

Instructions

Prep Your Concrete before Beginning.

Excellent surface preparation will likely lead to a beautiful finish.

Lightly brush the concrete with a broom if it is even remotely soiled with any type of loose dirt, so you remove it before washing.

To be sure that there is no grease, oil or any other kind of soil or chemical on the concrete, you're going to need a fast washing. Even if it's residue from pouring or something else such as a cleaner, it needs to be removed, or your sealant won't stick and thus, will not completely seal.

To begin the sealing process, dampen the concrete lightly

Apply a safe detergent such as dishwashing detergent that will break down the oil or grease on the concrete

Loosen the worked in soil with a bristle brush or a push broom. If you're interested in brightening the look of the concrete slightly, you may elect a bleaching compound.

Rinse the entire thing completely to be sure that there is no soap left on the concrete and that the residue from the cleaner is gone. It may help to rent or borrow a power washer to be sure that the entire surface is as clean as possible.

Make certain that the surface is completely dry before beginning the application of your concrete sealer. Use a paint sprayer or a roller to accomplish the application of your sealer. If you choose to use the roller method, get a small or medium nap.

Stir the concrete sealer, don't shake it to mix it completely without adding air to it.

Apply the sealer in an even thin layer. Don't try to glob it on, keep it neat and if you need one, you can always add another coat once it has dried completely.

P.S. Apply two thin coats of concrete sealant to any concrete flatwork to keep moisture from getting in while allowing air to pass. In most cases, plan to reseal every two years to maximize long-term performance and appeal.

Best of luck on your Project. Please feel free to leave questions or comments, thank you.

Best Concrete Sealers

PS102 Siliconate Multi-Surface (Rough) WB Penetrating Sealer (1 gal.)
PS102 Siliconate Multi-Surface (Rough) WB Penetrating Sealer (1 gal.)

I strongly recommend sealants made by Concrete Sealers USA. They offer topical, penetrating, and colored sealers, as well as application tools and crack repair products. You will not find higher quality sealers priced more reasonably.

 

© 2017 Alan Sikon MBA

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