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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!

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


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1,419 Responses to “What is the Best Concrete Sealer?”

  1. Jerry Bolton says:

    PEnnsylvania
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Pool deck of concrete and brick

  2. David 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 of appearance

    5. Type of surface examples: Poured Concrete Driveway

  3. Robert says:

    NH
    Exterior
    Horizontal Surface
    Prevent Deicer Damage
    This is for a conctrete step

  4. JEP says:

    1. Florida
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No Change
    5. Driveway

  5. John says:

    Hi, I have two different surfaces:

    St. Louis, Missouri
    Exterior
    Horizontal Surface
    No change
    Driveway (typical cookie-cutter house poured concrete, direct sunlight all day, deicing salt from County starting to cause minor damage, and other spots starting to pit)

    St. Louis, Missouri
    Exterior
    Horizontal Surface
    Wet look, but need to avoid becoming slippery if possible.
    Exposed Iowa Glacial Aggregate Concrete Patio

  6. Danette says:

    1. Illinois – central, 2. Exterior 3. Horizontal, 4. Gloss or Matte look 5. Paver Patio
    We have used Techniseal Color Boost and the product did not seem to last very long. We had weeds growing up through the polymeric sand the next season. I am looking for a product that will continue to offer paver protection and prevent the weeds from growing and enhance the color of the paver.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Danette, no sealer will stop weeds. It is just not possible. We use the SuperSeal 25 and the SuperSeal Matte for most of our projects.

  7. Paul says:

    Indiana
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    High Gloss – Brown Tint
    Exposed Aggregate Driveway and Sidewalks

  8. Sharon says:

    Illinois
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Dog Urine Repellant/no change
    Concrete patio-sidewalk/brick paver patio

  9. Jack says:

    Illinois chicago
    Exterior
    Horizontal and vertical
    Light gray tint
    Micro cracks and pitting front steps

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Concrete sealers do not come in light gray tints for regular poured concrete. They are clear with no change of appearance. You can add tints to decorative concrete sealers but they will leave a shine/film on the steps.

  10. karen A says:

    What is the best colored stamped concrete sealer?
    1. State: Southern California
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change of appearance
    5. Surface: Colored stamped concrete backyard. About 4,500 sq ft. Was put in about 4 months ago
    Issue: I have a lot of flower pots around the yard on concrete. Goal is to protect as feasible from staining but not have slippery, gloss surface. prefer long lasting solution

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