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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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1,897 responses to “What is the Best Concrete Sealer?”

  1. Dan says:

    Pennsylvania
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet Look.
    Pooled decking Colored Stone finish

  2. Joel says:

    Texas
    Interior
    Horizontal
    Wet look
    painted concrete

  3. Michael says:

    South Carolina
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Concrete Driveway

  4. Eric says:

    New Jersey
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet Look
    Stamped Concrete

  5. Mike says:

    Iowa
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Natural look
    Standard concrete sidewalk & patio

  6. R. Mazurek says:

    North Idaho
    Horizontal
    Wet Look
    Exposed aggregate

  7. Bob Schiffbauer says:

    Pennsylvania
    Horizontal
    Wet Look
    Stamped / painted throughout mix patio

  8. David says:

    1. What State do you live in? Connecticut

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Vertical? ( Not sure what this means)

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

    5. Type of surface examples Paver Patio

  9. Brian says:

    Wet look matte or semi gloss. Yes. Yes. Patio

  10. GlennPittsburgh says:

    1. What State do you live in? Pittsburgh

    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 appearance

    5. Type of surface examples: sidewalk

  11. Eric says:

    1: Oregon
    2: Exterior
    3: Horizontal
    4: Wet Look
    5: Stamped concrete with color mixed. And paver patio.

  12. Michelle says:

    1: California
    2: Exterior
    3: Horizontal
    4: Wet or Matte look
    5: Stamped concrete with color mixed

  13. Judy says:

    1: Chicago
    2: Exterior
    3: Horizontal
    4: Darkening overall color
    5: Sidewalk

  14. Heather says:

    1: Missouri
    2: Exterior
    3: Horizontal
    4: Gloss/wet
    5: Stamped concrete patio

  15. Sandy says:

    Western North Carolina
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Enhance(darken)
    Paver patio-new

  16. MrPete says:

    1. Colorado, 7000' w/ extreme rain, hail, plenty of winter freeze/melt too
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change
    5. Driveway, sidewalk

  17. Larry Schenck says:

    I have a home & concrete driveway in southern Michigan. It's was built in 1958. There are numerous trees both oak & maple. When the seed pods fall in spring it stains the concrete. I have power washed with just water & it looks almost new. What product can I use to seal it & keep its natural look & where can I purchase said product locally? Thank you for your comments in advance.

  18. Dave says:

    I live in South Dakota
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Change in appearance
    Driveway

  19. Ann Frisbie says:

    Virginia
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet or color enhancing (but not slippery)
    100 sf concrete paver sidewalk
    (Easy to apply if possible)

  20. Barbara-Ann says:

    1. New York – Long Island
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Wet Look – would like some gloss but patio surrounds a pool and afraid of being slippery
    5. Cambridge pavers patio and surrounding pool.

  21. David says:

    1: The New Hampshire seacoast
    2: Exterior
    3:Horizontal
    4: Doesn't matter
    5: concrete block Pavers that form a Patio

    We need to protect these pavers from the salt water spray. They do get full sunlight. Smoothing the surface of them would make the bare feet happy. What do you suggest?

  22. Keith says:

    I live in Indiana
    Interior concrete surface (shower floor)
    Horizontal surface
    No change of appearance
    Poured sand cement

  23. Paul says:

    I live in Massachusetts.
    Exterior
    Vertical
    No change in appearance
    Chimney

  24. Victor says:

    Where do you live: Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Exterior surface
    Horizontal application
    Wet look/gloss
    Exposed aggregate driveway and walkway up to front door

  25. Allison says:

    South Carolina
    Interior
    Wet look
    Concrete slab in garage
    Stain resistant/crack resistant

  26. Steve Neilsen says:

    1. Omaha NE
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No Change
    5. Concrete Driveway

  27. Limelite says:

    1. Atlanta, GA
    2. Ext.
    3. Horiz.
    4. Wet/Gloss BUT NON SKID
    5. Concrete poured patio, some under cover, some not.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Wet look and gloss sealers will not apply evenly on regular poured concrete. These sealer types are more for Pavers and decorative concrete surfaces.

  28. Dan says:

    Virginia
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Aggregate Driveway

  29. MIke says:

    1. What State do you live in? California (Mojave Desert)
    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
    5. Type of surface examples: Paver Patio & Concrete Pool Deck and Slabs

    Would also like a suggestion for stone veneer also with a wet look.

  30. TR Myers says:

    Central Ohio
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change of appearance
    Concrete driveway and sidewalks

  31. Ken says:

    What State do you live in? Nevada (Las Vegas)
    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 (garage)

  32. Mark says:

    1. What State do you live in? California (Southern – Desert Landscape)

    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/High Gloss

    5. Type of surface? Stamped colored concrete patio

  33. Albert says:

    1. Idaho
    2. Interior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Semi-Gloss
    5. Concrete countertop & floor

  34. Mike says:

    1. Georgia
    2.exterior
    3.horizonal
    4.dry look
    5driveway poured cement

  35. doug radke says:

    Wisconsin
    exterior
    horizontal
    no change
    poured concrete sidewalk and driveway

  36. Larry says:

    1. Colorado mountains (cold, snowy winters)
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Unimportant (best protection & least slippery)
    5. Concrete walkway & wide front steps

  37. MJA says:

    Northwest Ohio
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet/Gloss
    Decorative Colored Concrete Patio

  38. Jason says:

    1. What State do you live in? Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)

    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: Poured Sidewalk, Patio and Driveway. 4" thick, broom finished with smooth edges

  39. Bruce says:

    Central North Carolina
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No Change
    Concrete Table

  40. Jim says:

    East Central Ohio
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change – no gloss
    Concrete driveway

  41. Lisa says:

    Kentucky
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Driveway

  42. kristen Altbaum says:

    Lafayette CA Bay Area
    Exterior
    Horizonal
    No gloss but color enhancement preferred
    Concrete exposed aggregate driveway 3 days old that appears chalky in places and too white overall/not consistent

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