The most basic coating for concrete is a clear, water repellent sealer. It protects your surfaces while allowing the original beauty to shine through. Though it would seem simple to choose a clear coat, Northwest Concrete Resurfacing knows that there are many important aspects to consider before choosing a sealer for your project.
There are many types of clear sealers, each with its own advantages. For exterior concrete, the most effective choice is usually a solvent-based acrylic sealer. On a surface like a driveway or pool deck that has likely been sealed in the past, the solvent can re-emulsify and reactivate the existing coating so that the new sealer adheres to it. This creates a perfectly tight seal between the old and new coating for a seamless protective covering.
Though solvent-based sealers are often a top choice for waterproofing, they’re not always the best choice. When we assess your project, we take into account all of your needs, including the people who will be affected by the work we do. For example, a solvent-based acrylic can give off powerful fumes that would be very unpleasant for people living or working near the area we refinish. For indoor residential projects, we can recommend low-odor, water-based acrylics or water-based epoxies that offer great protection without sending your clients and guests running for the hills.
Northwest Concrete Resurfacing puts experience to work to ensure that your clear, water-repellent sealer is safe as well as beautiful. Additional coats of sealer may offer extra protection, but too many can create a dangerously slippery surface for pedestrians. We know the correct application for each sealer and concrete surface, and can even add slip-resistance for superior safety. We can also assess the amount of sunlight your surface receives to suggest a UV-stable coating that won’t yellow or peel from sun damage. Our know-how comes from over 30 years of experience, so we know how dozens of products will fare in our local conditions. Let us help you choose the best one for your commercial concrete space.