|Sealing your decorative concrete project is crucial to ensuring the longevity, quality, and craftsmanship of your work. It might seem like an extra, unnecessary step, but sealing stained concrete is too often overlooked. Simply choosing the wrong concrete sealer for your project could be disastrous. That's why we're here to help!|
Concrete Sealer Buying GuideConcrete sealers are not one size fits all. There are a few factors to keep in mind when selecting the best sealer for your project. To help you make that choice, we've made a handy buying guide on which concrete sealer to use. Choosing the right sealer for your concrete coloring project depends on three things: location, size, and desired sealer finish. Let's get into it!
LocationThe location of your DIY project will largely determine which type of sealer to use. Different concrete sealers are better suited to address moisture, porosity, shine, and abrasion resistance - among other things.
So, ask yourself a few questions:
- Is your project outdoors?
- Will your project be exposed to moisture?
- Is your project in a high traffic area?
- Will your project be exposed to heat and/or sunlight?
Once you’ve figured that part out, the next step is to measure the size of your concrete surface.
SizeDepending on where your concrete surface is located and how exposed the area is to traffic (not to mention other potential damage), you may want to consider multiple coats of sealer or protective wax. Almost all concrete sealer products specify the square footage per gallon per coat. This should help you easily determine how much sealer you'll need.
FinishLast but certainly not least, the desired finish of your concrete staining project is an important part of the process. Sealers not only protect your concrete stain but can also highlight the color, shine, and ultimately add some extra aesthetics to your hard work. Some examples of these sealers are Direct Colors’ high gloss and satin sealer options.
While this generally depends on the underlying material, a high gloss sealer can give your color a shiny, almost reflective look, while satin finish sealer provides a low sheen finish truer to the shade of the underlying material.
Once you’ve determined those three things, it’s time to choose the perfect sealer for your specific project! Woo-hoo! The exciting part!