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What is the Best Concrete Sealer? 4.7/5 (70)

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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2,105 responses to “What is the Best Concrete Sealer?”

  1. Mark Murphy says:

    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:

    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:

    Vertical and horizontal
    No to need to change appearance
    Grade A Dairy facility to seal concrete.

  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:

    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:

    Natural, semi gloss
    Concrete driveway

  13. Judith Morris says:

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

  14. Tony says:

    No change
    Drive way and concrete walkway

  15. anna kennedy says:

    Interior plaster over brick
    Inside wall of outsider enclosed porch

  16. Tony says:

    No change
    Driveway and walkway

  17. Earl says:

    No change in look
    Brick pavers with grout

  18. Elizabeth P says:

    No change

  19. Allison says:

    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:

    No Change
    Fresh Concrete replacement on basement floor.

  25. randy says:

    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 ?


    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
    No change of appearance
    Brick wall

  29. Cortney says:

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

  30. reddienblog says:

    1) Massachusetts
    2) Interior
    3) Horizontal
    4) appearance doesn't matter
    5) thin concrete "rat slab" in old building basement

    Basement is used for storage, want to reduce dust and moisture if possible.
    Ventilation is poor, would prefer low VOC product.

  31. Betsy says:

    1. What State do you live in? Belize, C. A. (hot tropical climate)
    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior
    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Vertical
    4. Change or enhance appearance (gloss or wet look) or no change of appearance? unsure
    5. Type of surface examples: The walls of my house, added pigment to the cement plaster

  32. Kris says:

    1. New York
    2. Interior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change in appearance
    5. Garage floor

  33. Jim says:

    Central new jersey
    No change
    Concrete driveway

  34. Shirley says:

    1. Washington
    2. Interior
    3. Horizontal
    4. No change if possible
    5. Concrete dining room table

  35. Patrick says:

    Pennsylvania – in an urban city
    Interior – common area floor which is the top of a residential unit's ceiling (concrete-based)
    Both can be fine – no appearance change or gloss
    Building interior residence's ceiling (Since common area pipes occasionally leak water (drips, condensation, etc.) onto this ceiling, it will be sealed with the best waterproofing sealant(s).

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

  36. william says:

    It seems all the quotes i am getting use seal n lock here in florida…

    1. What State do you live in? Florida

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Pool deck travertine, and pool water line + Grout weir wall lines

    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. —- Pool deck, Travertine natural, sand base. Water edge tile also travertine, and fire pit is travertine.

  37. Vicki says:

    I live in Wisconsin, building in spring. thinking of staining my bathroom and shower floor. I'm ok with the wet look but not glossy or slippery. just want to clear coat waterproof the stained concrete floor to elliminate water absorption. Is that possible?
    Thank you for looking at my question.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      No that is not possible to add a penetrating sealer over a stained floor. It will need to be a filming type sealer if stained.

  38. Mel says:

    North Carolina exterior chimney prefer wet look

  39. Megan Ropp says:

    i live in ohio and looking to seal/paint poured concrete basement walls and poured basement floor. house was bulit 24 years ago.

  40. Mike Ranger says:

    This is a brand-new driveway pavers looking for the best water-based product that I could put on this driveway would certainly appreciate your comments

  41. Ryan says:

    South Carolina
    Wet Look/Gloss
    Overlay Decorative Concrete Curbing with Stamps after new install so cure and seal

  42. Tommy hardwick says:

    1. Alabama
    2. Interior
    3. Vertical and horizontal
    4 . No change in appearance
    5. Newly Poured concrete walls and floors in walkout basement

  43. Paul Romatz says:

    Looking for the best sealer/wet look. Live in Michigan. Exterior patio and walkway. Have stamped concrete and pavers.
    Where can I purchase this product?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Look at Super Seal 25 or Super Seal Matte. As for where to buy, check with manufacturer or look online for dealers.

  44. Mike Ferris says:

    we live in Florida,Driveway pavers are exterior, horizontal and we would like the wet/glossy look.

    thank you.

  45. Dennis Brown says:

    No change in appearance
    Concrete patio over garage – severe water penetration into garage

  46. Steve says:

    Want to seal new concrete in a 3000 sq ft shop and do not want to resell for at least 10 years what would be the best sealer to use we live outside Nashville TN

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Try the Masonry Saver Heavy Duty Water Repellent. 10 years is not realistic, but this should get you 5-8 years.

  47. Arthur says:

    Stripping sealer off my stamped concrete pad. I've used the Clemson concrete stripper to remove sealer but i still have a few areas where the area seems to be some white stuff still there. My question is should I use the Clemons stripper to restrip the area or should I use some xylene to try and remove it and pressure wash after? I've used a string brush as well as with Clemons degreaser after i have stripped the sealer.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Xylene is not a stripper so that probably will not work. It is either remnants of the old sealer that did not come off all the way or residue from stripping that was not rinsed thoroughly off after stripping. If old sealer, you should use the stripper again and pressure wash. If residue from the 1st stripping, the Cleaner Degreaser should remove it.

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