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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 you 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!

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1,515 Responses to “What is the Best Concrete Sealer?”

  1. Jim says:

    live just north of Pittsburgh, Pa. I want to seal a hairline crack in the concrete walk way coming up to the front door.

  2. justin says:

    1. What State do you live in? Florida

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior Covered

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Horizontal

    4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? n/a

    5. Type of surface : concrete slab driveway

  3. Jerome says:

    PA Pocono Mountains
    Interior / basement
    no change appearance
    brick wall :) thank you

  4. Robin says:

    I have a client in Portland Oregon whom has a previously stained and sealed covered concrete patio (horizontal). He wants the concrete resealed, but is unsure what was used to seal previously. I have sealed interior and exterior slate and marble in the past, but not concrete and as such am unsure how to proceed. The concrete does darken with water rather rapidly. It appears as if there may be a matte finish topical sealer on it now, but I am not positive.

  5. Travis V says:

    northern Utah
    Exterior driveways
    Appearance not much different

  6. Concrete Sealer Help says:

    Millie, sorry but sure on this one as to what would be best.

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