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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!

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2,000 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

  22. Charlie lin says:

    I live in Chicago. What would be Th best concrete sealer for a new patio?

  23. alan Barton says:

    Southern California
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet look
    Concrete patio previously stained & sealed with chemical (not water based) sealers.

  24. Gene Troy says:

    Washington
    Interior
    Horizontal
    Wet Look/Gloss
    Basement floor recently acid stained

  25. Dennis says:

    Indiana,exterior,horizontal,,matte,concrete landscape edging

  26. Autumn says:

    Illinois, new garage floor, want to protect from salt and water mainly, would like a shiny look, but nothing dangerous to walk on.

  27. Barry Higgins says:

    Nebraska, exterior, horizontal, no change in looks, cement patio.

  28. Betsy says:

    Ohio
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Doesn't matter
    Driveway

    Want a penetrating sealer that will last for 10 years or so

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      5-7 is the normal length you will get with a high quality sealer. Masonry Saver Heavy Duty water repellent or Super Seal-M.

  29. Fran says:

    Missouri
    concrete
    Horizonal
    Patio around pool would like it to not be Slick
    No change

  30. CHRIS DIIENNO says:

    I have a concrete driveway that has been previously sealed with solvent based sealer that was darkened and was high gloss. The problem is when initially done it is very slippery. Eventually it becomes less slippery. Can you recommend a good sealer that gives the appearance that we like ( black & shiny) with out being so slippery?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      The only thing you can do is add grip into the sealer as the sealer itself cannot reduce the slipperiness. Try Super Seal 30 Sealer and add Shark Grip or Super Grip into it.

  31. beth vincent says:

    TN
    exterior
    horizontal
    no change or natural….not glossy or shiny
    I want to seal concrete around our pool

  32. D. Vee says:

    1. What State do you live in? New Jersey

    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- currently Wet Look

    5. Type of surface examples: Driveway, Stamped concrete

  33. Betsy says:

    New Hampshire
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change of appearance
    Stamped concrete

  34. R. Roering says:

    1. What State do you live in? Minnesota

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? spancrete Garage Floor

    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: Spancrete garage floor

  35. Carl Petersen says:

    SC
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    no change
    poured concrete driveway

  36. Guest says:

    Illinois
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Cover stains
    Driveway

  37. Mark Rody says:

    1. What State do you live in? Indiana
    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: sidewalk/steps
    Poured one month ago

  38. Gay HUffman says:

    I have a "Spanish Tile" Roof that though it looks like ceramic tile, it is actually made of concrete. Said concrete has faded badly since it was worked on 3 year ago. I just finished removing all the pine needles, moss, leaves, mold, and have etched washed it. What is the best product (Concrete Sealer?) to use to seal the concrete so it doesn't leak into my attic, provide some color ideally, and not have me redoing this process in 2 or 3 years timeThanks.

  39. Patrick says:

    Pennsylvania
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Driveway

  40. Jim says:

    Colorado
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Driveway
    Seal surface so micro-cracks do not get worse as a result of moisture and freezing

  41. Connie says:

    Maryland
    Exterior – brand new poured concrete porch, steps, sidewalk
    Horizontal and Vertical
    Matte look
    Seal surface so porch, steps, walkway stay new for at least 10 years.
    Prevent damage from ice and snow and pet safe deicing salts during winter months.
    Provide protection from “Pitting” or “Spalling” or deterioration of the concrete causing chunks of the concrete to separate from the concrete structure.

  42. paula says:

    Virginia
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet look (darkened)
    Flagstone and concrete
    patio

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You cannot use a wet look sealer on regular plain poured concrete. It will come out blotchy. Natural stone like Flagstone will have similar issues as well.

  43. Jeanne says:

    Texas
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Not much visual change in look of concrete desired, no gloss
    Apartment walkway/sidewalk/floor leading up to each apartment, upper floor(s)
    Concrete is very porous, appears to not have been sealed in any way, application to prevent further permanent stains whatever is spilled.
    Somewhat new construction 8 months ago. Needs to be quality product, long lasting, not to make surface slick, safe non-toxic for canine paws once cured/dry.

  44. Mike says:

    New York
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Enhance look
    Driveway

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