If there is one thing that the expert team here at Quickly Please Cleaning always stands by for our customers, it’s the vital importance of concrete sealing. It makes sense, and plenty of concrete owners know they need it, but choosing a concrete sealer, and understanding the importance of the correct process of application are things that many people are unaware of.
Did you know not all concrete is sealed when installed? Do you know how long your particular sealant should last?
Everything you need to know about concrete sealing and the various sealers on offer can be found in this helpful article. Read on to become a concrete sealing expert and learn why it is a must-have for all concrete owners.
Understanding the surfaces that need to be sealed
Of all surfaces in the home, exterior concrete is at the top of the list when it comes to the level of importance for sealing. These areas are at the mercy of not only constant foot traffic but the various elements as well. Concrete sealing is the most effective way to ensure stain repellency, dust reduction, abrasion and chemical resistance. If you want to maintain an as-new appearance for your concrete for as long as possible, concrete sealing is the answer.
Your concrete is a porous material that will absorb liquid, oil, salt, fertiliser, and other chemicals very easily. Left unprotected, these elements will cause your concrete to degrade quickly. Concrete looks great – until it doesn’t. Discolouration and damage of unsealed concrete can turn a beautiful surface into an unappealing one very quickly. The primary benefit of concrete sealing is how much easier it makes the surface to clean as well as protection.
Calculating the cost of concrete sealing
Budget is always a significant factor when it comes to caring for the surfaces of your home. If you consider that concrete sealing is an investment, saving you from the high cost of replacing damaged concrete, you’ll approach your budget and costs more realistically.
Prices will vary based on the amount of concrete you need to seal, and the specific sealants you’ll require. The cost of the sealant application must also be accounted for as paying a professional to perform the task is vital. If sealed incorrectly, your concrete will not be properly protected, meaning the whole exercise was a waste of time and money. Our team always works to provide a competitive and cost-efficient offer for all projects.
Considering your concrete’s aesthetic post-sealing
A lot of people are worried that concrete sealing may affect the finished look, which is true and often depends on the type of sealer you apply. For example, a chemically reactive sealer is nearly invisible; however, a solvent-based acrylic resin sealer will enhance the colour of your concrete surface with a wet or high-gloss finish.
A similar but more subtle effect will be the result of water-based acrylic resin sealers but with a satin finish. You can also have a urethane coat applied over epoxy with an option of a range of finishes such as matte, gloss or opaque tints.
When to apply sealer
If you have just had fresh concrete installed, it is vital that you apply sealant straight away. This is often standard with most concrete application packages, but ensure you double-check that this will be the case.
For reapplication, you can test if your sealer is still performing its role but letting a small amount of water sit on the surface for around 15 minutes. If a stain is left when you clean the water off, your sealer is no longer doing its job and will require a refresh.
The type of sealer you apply will determine its longevity. Reactive chemical sealers should perform their function for at least 10 years. An epoxy or urethane system should last 5 to 10 years. Acrylic-resin sealers will offer 1 to 3 years of protection.
Choosing the right level of protection
The type of sealer you choose also determines the level and quality of protection for your concrete. Some repel water, others handle oil stains, and they will all degrade at different rates when exposed to various chemicals.
Our team of experts often recommend a high-performance epoxy or urethane sealer as the highest performing all-rounder. Most sealers will offer full traction, but some topical coatings may need an anti-skid additive. For the most part, your surface will not become any more slippery as a result of sealant.
Ensuring an environmentally friendly process when concrete sealing
As with any industry or exercise, the effect on the environment needs to be considered. Concrete is already considered a green building component due to its longevity, and the use of a concrete sealer increases this dramatically. Efforts of sustainability involve ensuring we do not have to replace major elements of our homes more frequently than necessary.
All sealers are water-based except for some solvent-based sealers. The Quickly Please Cleaning team always puts environmental care at the forefront of our processes to ensure the least amount of harm possible in everything we do.
Ready to ensure the best care for your concrete? Speak to Quickly Please Cleaning today
The professionals at Quickly Please Cleaning have been sealing concrete to the highest levels possible for many years and will guarantee your concrete protection. Increase your home’s value and ensure that you do not need to perform any expensive replacements quicker than necessary.
You can also have a chat with our team about regular maintenance and cleaning of concrete, tile and a range of other surfaces. Quickly Please Cleaning is here to help and find the most cost-efficient process to suit your situation. Contact us today to take the proper care of your concrete.