Concrete Floor Sealing
It is absolutely necessary to seal concrete due to its porosity. Concrete floor sealing makes floors impressive while at the same time will protect against staining and make it easy to keep clean. If you are to try sealing concrete yourself, your sealer choice is critical and floor prep with application methods are unforgiving. Stripping failed sealers is very difficult and costly.
Concrete needs to be sealed to prevent permanent staining. From the time it is poured, concrete can be exposed to efflorescence, salt attack, spills, weather, animals, children and tradesmen, so it is best to seal it sooner rather than later.
Sealing concrete floors will work by making what was once a porous surface that would attract and draw in oils, waters, moulds etc, to now a treated surface that will repeal these penetrates. In return your job of hosing, moping or sweeping now be a lot more effective and easier. All concrete surfaces are acid sensitive. For example: Red wines, fruit juices, vinegars, cokes and most cleaning products can etch into your surface giving a patchy, dull or smokey look. This can only be corrected by regrinding or polishing. The right sealers will protect from acids etching. Choosing the right concrete sealing products for concrete floor sealing is critical.
Patterned or Stencil coloured concretes look awesome when they are new. Unprotected they can immediately begin to fade due to UV damage and quickly discolour when penetrated by foreign matter. Moisture entering below the surface of concrete and freezing at night will also quickly deteriorate and shorten concretes life. Fusion recommends sealing concrete for protection from the above things and makings your areas much easier and manageable to clean.
Penetrating sealers work by sinking into the substrate and protect it from within. They deposit either a natural or synthetic resin into the pore of the tile. After the sealer is applied, the water or solvent evaporates and leaves the resin below the surface. It then hardens and bonds with the concrete to form an invisible protecting barrier that prevents the surface from absorbing unwanted matter. The major benefit of Penetrating sealers is that they let tile breathe and will never peal or scratch. Excellent for sealing concrete pavers.
- Will not change the appearance of your concrete,
- Let the tile breath.
- Can recoat on top without having to strip old sealer.
- Won’t wear or scratch,
- Lasts years longer,
- Very quick drying,
Film Forming or Topical Sealers
Topical sealers form a film on the top of the substrate and provide a coating that protects it from damage. The purpose of the sealer is to reduce the natural absorbency of the substrate so foreign materials will not sink in but will instead remain on the surface until they can be wiped away. Gloss and colours can be added to these sealers along with hardeners and non-slip grits if needed. Garage, office and factory concrete floors really benefit from colour coating epoxy sealing.
- They can provide a shiny, glossy wet look to the stone. Excellent for slate.
- Will protect stone from wear.
- Very easy to clean.
- Excellent against acid attack.
Non Slip Coating Systems
Fusion can broadcast CSIRO certified non slip grit into the top coat sealer adding traction to the once smooth surface. The non slip grit comes in 4 different sizes and being semi transparent hardly visible. Non slip grit can be beneficial around swimming pools, common areas, sloped driveways and paths, factories or work areas.
The above sealers are regularly used by fusion Restoration, but we are by no means limited to them. If you have a sealer in mind you would like used do not hesitate and call to discuss.
The most important step before applying any concrete sealer is concrete preparation. Concrete wants to be cleaned, etched or ground and total dry before sealing concrete pavers.