Are you staining your concrete floors, and don’t know whether to use a gloss or matte finish sealer? There are a few things you should consider when selecting the shine level of the sealer:
The first thing you should consider is how much maintenance do you want to do on the stained concrete floors. If you decide to have a gloss finish, the floors will dim down over time and will require to re-wax the floors to bring it to the same gloss level. Stained concrete with a gloss finish sealer will look great once you put it down, but if there are going to be dogs running on the floor the shiny surface will show scratches easier than a matte finish.
The other thing you should consider is the design of the house, matte finish sealer will provide a warmer feeling to the house. This type of finish gives a more natural look to the stained concrete floor than the gloss finish sealer.
Are you thinking about sealing concrete and are not sure what type of sealer to use? Sealing concrete can be a challanging task if you do not follow the instructions from the manufacture of the sealer and use the wrong concrete floor sealer.
There are two categories of concrete floor sealers:
Film forming types
Each type of sealer is used in different situations depending on what you are trying to achieve when sealing the concrete floor.
If you are just trying to protect concrete from salt attack and water damage, the cheapest and easiest type of concrete floor sealer to use would be a penetrating sealer. This sealer is good for maintaining concrete and will help prevent the concrete from delaminating.
Penetrating sealers are not the only type of sealer that will help keep the concrete in sound condition; film forming concrete floor sealers will also help, but they will also add other benefits:
protect the surface from scratching
are better at resisting harsh chemical attacks such as acid (epoxies & polyurethane’s)
Film forming sealers are a little more tricky applying then penetrating sealers. You must make sure not to over apply and cross roll so you do not leave roller lines. In hot windy conditions you will also need to make sure sections of the sealer are not drying, if you apply more sealer in those areas you will have lap lines.
Waterproofing concrete and other masonry surfaces will help prolong the life of the the structure. Water damages concrete by slowly eroding the surface of the concrete; a lot of times you can notice the larger rocks showing in an older concrete sidewalk because the top cream of the concrete has eroded away.
Waterproofing will keep the concrete looking like it first did when it was poured. Waterproofing concrete will help prevent concrete from eroding and becoming pitted adding time to the life of the structure. Waterproofing will also help prevent the rebar in the concrete from rusting which causes the concrete to start spalling off.
Any masonry surface such as: brick, stone, concrete, and cinder block will benefit from applying a waterproofing sealer.
MVL Concrete can help restore concrete and seal the concrete to help eliminate the harm done by water, we offer waterproofing service in San Antonio, Texas.
After grinding the concrete, we applied a tinted sealer to the concrete. We used a roller to apply the sealer. After applying the first coat of sealer, we applied the second coat perpendicular to the first coat.
Here is some photos of a recent job we finished; the concrete had black mastic glue that was ground off and then the concrete was sealed and waxed. Grinding is a very cost effective way of removing VCT mastic or carpet mastic from concrete.
Concrete With Mastic Glue
After Grinding The Mastic Off & Sealing The Concrete