Gone are the days of a boring, gray concrete slab destined to flake and crack over time. Concrete sealers can now be used to preserve and beautify a slab, ensuring that you get your money’s worth and maintain the beauty of your home. A concrete sealer is applied over the top of a concrete slab during curing or after it has already cured. It can be clear, colored, high gloss, or matte finish to suit your taste. Here are some of the benefits of having sealed concrete.
Applying a sealer over the top of your concrete will cut down the maintenance of the slab to almost nothing. The sealer covers the porous surface of the concrete, making it impervious to dirt and stains. When something is spilled on sealed concrete, it can usually be wiped right up using a damp cloth with no residue left behind. Dirt is unable to settle into the grooves and pores of the concrete, so it can easily be swept or sprayed off of the surface.
Concrete is one of the strongest materials on the planet, but it can still be damaged in some ways. Water that works its way down into a slab can corrode the supporting metal inside, weakening the structure. Water can also cause damage when temperatures drop. The water expands as it freezes, which can damage the concrete. Applying a sealer over the top of the concrete will keep water from seeping down into the slab. A sealer will also protect the concrete from salts and other chemicals that can wear away at the top.
The sealer on the top of concrete acts as a barrier between the slab and the environment. The sealer can wear down and sustain damage over time, but a new coat can be applied at any time. It’s much easier and much less expensive to apply a new coat of sealer to the surface of concrete than it is to break down the entire slab and pour a new one. Concrete that is sealed will last much, much longer than an unsealed slab, especially if the sealer is maintained and replaced periodically. A concrete sealer can be applied to a new slab, or it can be used to give new life to an older slab.
Decorative concrete is taking the building industry by storm as people discover how creative concrete finishes can provide a durable, beautiful alternative to other, more expensive materials. How well your decorative concrete project will turn out has a lot to do with how you seal it. A clear sealer can be used for acid stained concrete to add a high-gloss, upscale shine. Sealer can also be placed over dyed concrete to maintain the vibrant colors. Concrete sealer can be used to preserve any concrete work of art in any color, and any finish.
There are many reasons to consider sealed concrete flooring. If you have more questions or are interested, contact us at 901-918-3656 or call your local concrete company.