Concrete is the preferred surface for construction due to its durability and affordability. A perfectly installed concrete floor can last from 25-30 years if properly maintained. When compared to hardwood floors, expensive tile and carpet, concrete is clearly the winner. Whether you plan on having concrete installed for your interior or exterior, a good sealant is required. Sealants do exactly as the name implies. They seal and protect concrete from moisture, solvents and mechanical abrasions. At Redondo Beach Epoxy Pros, we employ a variety of sealants to suit your residential and commercial needs.
You may be surprised to know that there are varying types of sealants. Each type serves a different purpose and yields different results. Topical sealants are applied on top of cured concrete. It can be used for indoor and outdoor applications. When most contractors speak of sealants, they are typically referring to topical sealants. Topicals are cost effective and work well with other protective measures. As expected, a topical sealant will protect your concrete from damage and erosion. When applied regularly, your concrete will be impervious to rain, salt and chemicals. It even provides protection against mechanical abrasions.
If you desire more protection against moisture and salt, penetrating sealants are the way to go. Being so close to the ocean, concrete is highly susceptible to moisture and salt filled air. The humidity alone will cause your concrete to prematurely fail. When we apply a penetrating sealant it penetrates the concrete and provides a protective layer against moisture and the unique climate of Southern California. To ensure that your floors maintain their integrity and durability, the product specialist may choose to use a penetrating sealant. Before any work begins, she will discuss all of your options with you to ensure that you understand every step of the process.
Integral sealers are applied to the concrete before it leaves the factory. It is mixed into the concrete and therefore provides superior coverage. In some cases, we will use an integral sealant in combination with a topical to ensure that your concrete lasts beyond 30 years. When used on indoor applications, integral sealants are just as effective. If you decide to enlist us for a decorative concrete installation, you will want to protect your investment even more. Once combined with the appropriate stain plus an integral sealant, you can bet that your concrete will stand the test of time.
The Benefits of Sealants
Due to the fact that concrete is akin to a porous sponge, moisture can accumulate. Concrete located in dark and dank areas is vulnerable to mold. An adequate sealant prevents the development of fungi and other harmful micro organisms. Sealants increase the durability of concrete exponentially. It helps to prevent cracks, fissures and other forms of deterioration. Most contractors will boast that concrete is the surface of choice due to its expected 25-year lifespan. When a sealant is applied, the life expectancy is increased two-fold. Technology has afforded business and homeowners with the added benefit of variety and texture. Should you decide to enhance your concrete’s aesthetic with colorful stains or textured stamping, the perfect sealant must be applied for longevity.