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What is the Best Concrete Sealer?

Best Concrete SealersConcrete comes in many different types and substrates that can be found both for both interior and exterior applications. There are Concrete Driveways, Vertical Brick Walls, Brick Paver Patios, Basement Floors, etc. Concrete is very porous and can be prone to degradation from Water, Ultra Violet Radiation, wear and tear, etc. By sealing or waterproofing your concrete surface you will add life and protection to your surface.

So what is the Best Concrete Sealer?

The answer to that is dependent on why you are sealing, what surface  you are trying to seal, and what your final expectations are.

There are many different types of sealers for concrete and masonry surfaces. Concrete sealers come in both water based and solvent based formulas. They come in generic formulas for all surfaces or formulas that are specific to the surface you are applying to. For example, you would want a Brick Paver Sealer for a Paver Patio and a Chimney Sealant for your Chimney but you could use MasonrySaver All Purpose Water Repellent for both.

So why seal your concrete or brick? The main reasons to seal and waterproof your concrete are:

1. Preventing hairline cracks due to water expansion during freeze/that cycles.

2. Prevent water penetration and seepage of water through walls and foundations.

3. Enhance the appearance by adding a gloss or darkening the overall color.

4. Prevent damage from deicing salts during winter months.

5. Provide protection from “Pitting” or “Spalling” or deterioration of the concrete causing chunks of the concrete to separate from the concrete structure.

Once we understand the surface we are treating and what the reasons we are treating the surface for, then we can narrow down what would be the best concrete sealer to use.

Here is an example of concrete surface in Florida (answers in Red):

1. What State do you live in? Florida

2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Horizontal

4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? Wet Look/Gloss

5. Type of surface examples: Driveway, Paver Patio, Brick Wall, etc. Paver Driveway

Based on the answers you would want a sealer that is specific to brick pavers, gives excellent UV resistance since it is in Florida, while adding a shiny enhanced look. Based on these questions you would want to look at:

  • SuperSeal25
  • SuperSeal30
  • MasonrySaver Paver Sealer.

Feel free to answer these questions for help choosing the “the best concrete sealers for me”. Just post a comment below and based on your answers, we will suggest a couple of different options of what sealant or water repellent you should use:

Please include any additional information that would be useful!

Make Sure to Include Answers to the 5 Questions in Comment Area Below!


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1,953 responses to “What is the Best Concrete Sealer?”

  1. Randy says:

    1. What State do you live in? Texas

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Interior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Horizontal

    4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? Wet Look/Gloss

    5. Type of surface examples: Interior floor

    Has been polished up to 800 grit so far. Will possibly go up to 1500 and 3000, was sealed densified with prosoco LS after 400 grit

  2. rhonda says:

    1. What State do you live in? washington state

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Horizontal

    4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? no change in appearance

    5. Type of surface examples: porch and sport court

  3. Kerri says:

    Virginia
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    no change in appearance
    concrete around an in ground pool

  4. Larry says:

    1. What State do you live in? Missouri
    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior
    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Horizontal
    4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? No Change
    5. Type of surface examples: Driveway, Paver Patio, Brick Wall, etc. Porch/Patio

  5. Keith says:

    State Mass
    Garage floor
    No change in color or look

  6. J. Don says:

    1. Ohio
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change
    5. Concrete driveway

  7. thefuddleduddle says:

    1. Toronto
    2. Interior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Wet Look
    5. Previously polished concrete flooring in living areas (Loft)

  8. Russ says:

    Illinois
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Keep Natural look as much as possible
    Concrete Diveway

  9. Mike says:

    1. Iowa

    2. Exterior

    3. Horizontal

    4. No change, natural look.

    5. Outdoor concrete patio located above attached garage.

  10. Blake says:

    Massachusetts
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet Look/Gloss
    Stamped Concrete Driveway

  11. Ted says:

    1. OHIO
    2. EXTERIOR
    3. BOTH HORZ & VERT
    4. NO CHANGE / FLAT
    5. LARGE EXTERIOR ARTIFICIAL ROCK WATERFALL

  12. Todd says:

    1. What State do you live in? Michigan

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Horizontal

    4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? Wet Look/No gloss

    5. Type of surface examples: Driveway, Paver Patio, Brick Wall, etc. New poured Patio that the cream was ground off and exposed aggregate

  13. Vicky says:

    California
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Concrete patio

  14. CHarvey says:

    Massachusetts
    Interior
    Horizontal
    As glossy as possible
    Decorative dyed kitchen floor
    Prefer low VOC water based non absorbing formula

  15. Bobby says:

    1. What State do you live in? CT

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Horizontal

    4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? Semi-gloss

    5. Type of surface examples: Stenciled/integral color concrete.

  16. Emily says:

    1. Arkansas
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change of appearance
    5. Driveway exposed aggregate

    Area 2
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Patio/brushed concrete

  17. Lyla says:

    1. Washington State
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal (but sloping)
    4. Matte or satin finish
    5. Concrete Pavers and some stamped concrete dividing sections

    Don't know previous sealant, if any. Age of course approx. 10 years. Has been pressure washed…would I have to top up finishing sand?

  18. Rick says:

    Kentucky
    interior
    horozontal
    clear
    basement floor

  19. Mike says:

    Virginia
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Semi gloss
    Concrete patio

  20. Jonathan says:

    Kansas
    Exterior
    Vertical
    Gloss look( I think )
    Driveway

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      What type of concrete surface is this? Gloss sealers are designed for decorative surfaces. They will not apply well to plain poured concrete. Comes out blotchy and uneven.

    • Concrete Sealer Reviews says:

      What type of concrete surface is this? Gloss sealers are designed for decorative surfaces. They will not apply well to plain poured concrete. Comes out blotchy and uneven.

  21. Rory says:

    California
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet look
    Concrete patio

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