What ype of sealer is available

There are two primary types of sealers. The first is water-based and the second is lacquer based.

Water-Based Sealer
Our water based sealers can be broken into 3 basic subcategories, good, better and best. They are all semi-gloss and range in durability from average to superior. The trade off is this is an expensive sealer.
The "good", called Cementone, is very affordable, but requires more maintenance than the others. It typically needs to be resealed at least once a year.
The "better", called Cureseal-W, is also very affordable, but the real benefit is that this can also be used as a cure compound for your slab. This allows you to begin protecting your concrete from harmful UV rays, staining and other damage immediately after pouring.
The "best", called Selectseal-W, has the far superior durability of any of the water based sealers and also superior UV resistance, typically requiring to be resealed every two to three years depending upon wear patterns and environmental conditions.
Lacquer-Based Sealer
Our lacquer based sealer, called Premium Gloss Sealer, is obviously a gloss sealer, but can be altered into a flat finish with treatment by a flattening agent. This is an extremely durable product that is reasonably priced, but you must wait 20 – 30 days prior to application. This is because the water present in the slab from the curing time must be allowed to escape.

How do I apply my sealer?

There are three different ways to apply sealer. Application is essentially the same for either the water based or the lacquer based products. You can apply with an airless sprayer, roll the product on with a low nap roller, or squeegee it on. There are a couple critical issues when applying sealer though. You must not apply when there is any moisture on the slab or if there is excessive moisture in the air. Also, you must not apply the sealer when the concrete slab temperature is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This can be confusing as air temperature may be significantly different from the slab temperature. You should also wait to apply if overly windy conditions exist. You typically need to apply two coats of sealer to seal your concrete effectively. It is important you wait a minimum of 4 hours between applications so the gases from the slab and sealer can be allowed to escape prior to the next coat being applied. If applied to early, these gases will become trapped in the sealer. Caution should also be used not to apply the sealer to heavy on individual coats for the same reason. The manufacturer's recommendation for application is to apply the water based with the use of an airless sprayer and to roll the lacquer based on with a low nap roller.

Will my sealed concrete be slick?

Application of sealer to your concrete will cause it to become slicker than when not applied, but we have a product called "Safety Track" to help reduce this affect. This product is applied at the same time you administer you sealer. This is especially effective for pool decks, where water is continually splashed up on the surface.

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