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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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2,071 responses to “What is the Best Concrete Sealer?”

  1. Mark Murphy says:

    TEXAS
    EXTERIOR
    HORIZONTAL
    ENHANCE COLOR AND SEAL
    Pool Deck with Exposed Aggregate that has been diamond grinded to smooth surface

  2. Lisa says:

    1. Washington State

    2. Interior

    3. Horizontal

    4. No preference

    5. Shower floor

  3. Isaac Bengochea says:

    Nevada
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change in appearance
    Concrete driveway

  4. C Starnes says:

    1. North Carolina

    2. Interior

    3. Vertical

    4. non skid

    5. Pet Boarding Facility Stained Concrete

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You should look at a clear coat epoxy and maybe add some grip into this. Not sure on the brand that would be best for urine.

  5. Gordon says:

    Michigan
    Interior
    Vertical and horizontal
    No to need to change appearance
    Grade A Dairy facility to seal concrete.
    Recommendations??

  6. Miya says:

    1 California
    2 Exterior
    3 Horizotal
    4 Wet look / gloss
    5 Driveway concrete in front of garage and walkway concrete around the house

  7. J Rob says:

    Florida
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Slight sheen but skid proof
    Pool deck
    Recommended sealer?

  8. Daniel Donohue says:

    1. New York
    2. Interior
    2. Horizontal
    4. Gloss/wet look
    5. Concrete basement floor with Acid stain applied

  9. Mark says:

    1. Hawaii
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4.No change in appearance
    5. Patio & sidewalk
    I want to restrict the growth of mold and/or make it easier to clean.

  10. Binh Tran says:

    1. Colorado
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change in look
    5. Patio and driveway

  11. Chuck says:

    1. Michigan
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Wet look or enhanced color and contrast
    5. Patio & sidewalk & porch, fresh new stamped colored concrete with 2nd color in release for variation and stone look.
    Will it be slippery? Can I use the shark tooth product?

  12. Tim says:

    Arkansas
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Natural, semi gloss
    Concrete driveway

  13. Judith Morris says:

    Tennessee….exterior…new aggregate….want brown sealant with some shine.

  14. Tony says:

    Kentucky
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Drive way and concrete walkway

  15. anna kennedy says:

    Indiana
    Interior plaster over brick
    Vertical
    Gloss
    Inside wall of outsider enclosed porch

  16. Tony says:

    Kentucky
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Driveway and walkway

  17. Earl says:

    Virginia
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change in look
    Brick pavers with grout

  18. Elizabeth P says:

    Ohio
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Driveway

  19. Allison says:

    Colorado
    Exterior
    Vertical/multi surface
    no appearance change, just protected
    concrete lion moved here from Florida from my grandfather's house a few months ago- currently in garage but want to place outside along with a couple of decorative pedestals that we plan to place plants on

  20. Roxanne Mahroom says:

    1. California
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Wet Look; No Gloss
    5. Over 4000 sq.ft. of colored concrete paver/patio stone patios, and colored concrete paver driveway and walkways.

  21. Bob says:

    1. Maryland
    2. Exterior concrete sidewalk
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change
    5. Sidewalk

  22. Heather L Phoenix says:

    1. Massachusetts – Cape Cod

    2. Exterior

    3. Horizontal

    4. No change to appearance. No gloss

    5. Mortar joints in cobblestone paving

  23. John M says:

    Live in Chicago Illinois (northernmost part of the state)
    Exterior (freshly laid, new, concrete 4 by 8 paver bricks)
    horizontal (patio)
    Would like a "wet look" but do not want glossy. Would prefer a "matte, wet look" if possible
    paver patio….foot traffic only, no automobiles

    thank you

  24. Ter says:

    Nebraska
    Interior
    Horizontal
    No Change
    Fresh Concrete replacement on basement floor.

  25. randy says:

    minnesota
    exterior
    horizontal
    don't care
    surface is a sidewalk that was poured on a flat garage roof, water is leaking thru concrete sidewalk, what would be the best product to use ?

  26. TARA BRAITHWAITE says:

    Florida
    Interior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Interior floor (kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bath) concrete foundation before laying laminate wood floors

  27. JOHN A. PROIOS says:

    What would be the best sealer for my exterior,
    Horizontal, concrete sidewalk in New York State?
    I want no change in appearance. I want maximum
    Protection from deicing chemicals including salt.

  28. Sal S says:

    New York
    Exterior
    Vertical
    No change of appearance
    Brick wall

  29. Cortney says:

    1. Arkansas
    2. Interior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Wet look/gloss
    5. Stained concrete

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