Concrete sealers are not only worthwhile, but they’re a necessary layer of extra protection. The purpose of concrete sealers is to make your concrete more resistant to stains, weather, and abrasions. Furthermore, it is recommended by experts to bring out the natural beauty of your concrete.
To help you understand their purpose and how they can enhance your concrete, here’s everything you should know about concrete sealers.
What Surfaces Should Be Sealed?
Any concrete outside of your home that is vulnerable to extreme weather should be sealed. In some regions, concrete is sealed for the purpose of simply maintaining an attractive appearance. Generally speaking, Wisconsin is prone to freeze-thaw cycles with each changing season. With so much exposure to the elements, a concrete sealer is crucial to protect against cracks and fading.
Why Should Concrete Be Sealed?
Every homeowner wants the best when it comes to their home, especially when it involves heavy investment in concrete services. Because concrete is a porous material that frequently absorbs liquid, the expansion of frozen liquids can ruin the surface of the concrete that hasn’t been sealed. In addition, chemicals such as fertilizer, salt, and oil can easily discolor unsealed concrete.
When Should Concrete Sealers Be Applied?
Acrylic-resin sealers should be applied once the concrete can endure the weight of the installer. Most high-performance coatings, such as epoxies and urethanes, are typically administered after the concrete is fully cured. In most cases, sealers can be applied after the concrete is 28 days old.
How Long Will the Concrete Sealer Last?
Reactive chemical sealers generally last the longest because they penetrate the concrete. In general, reactive chemical sealers only wear down if the substrate surface begins to wear away. In most cases, concrete sealers can last 10 years or longer. Additional sealers, such as an epoxy or urethane system, typically last 5 to 10 years depending on its exposure.
How Much Do Concrete Sealers Cost?
The cost to apply average sealing depends on the area and condition of the surface. Additional factors taken into account include the type of sealant, the cost of labor and any other special preparation needs. In some cases, homeowners like to do the sealing themselves. In others, they look to hire an expert in concrete services to do the job.
In general, decorative concrete sealers such as acrylic or urethane product costs can vary between $0.25-$0.50 per square foot. A penetrating concrete sealer typically ranges between $0.20 to $0.75 a square foot. In addition, if you hire a contractor the costs are generally about $1.20 to $1.75 per square foot. But if you decide to go the DIY route, the cost is roughly $0.20 to $0.75 a square foot.
Are You Looking for a High-Quality Concrete Expert?
Whether you’re on the search for more concrete sealing tips or you’re ready to invest in concrete services, you can count on JBS Construction for all of your concrete needs. As a full-service concrete services company, our concrete services portfolio covers a wide range of standard and decorative concrete options.
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