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Best Concrete Sealers2017 is here and time to review and apply a new concrete sealer. This article is one of our top articles related to concrete sealers and there has been over 2100 Comments and Questions. If you need advice on What is the Best concrete Sealer for you, please ask below in the comment area.

Concrete 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:

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2,582 responses to “What is the Best Concrete Sealer?”

  1. John says:

    Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wetlook
    Concrete Driveway

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Wet look sealers will not work on plain poured concrete as it dries blotchy. Decorative concrete like stamped, pavers, etc will work.

  2. Breanna says:

    1. What State do you live in? California

    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

    I mostly want to prevent dust from concrete from coming in and leaving foot prints on my wood floors inside my house

  3. Jim says:

    Pennsylvania
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change
    Walkways and driveway

  4. TJ BRADEN says:

    Indiana; Exterior; horizontal; no change; concrete driveway, sidewalks, & pool patio; want to keep clean and free from
    dirt & algae in shade areas.

  5. Paul K says:

    1 – I live in Buffalo, NY….. obviously harsh winters.
    2 – Exterior.
    3 – Horizontal.
    4 – The patio has not been sealed in several years and its appearance is very dill. I would like more of a gloss/wet look.
    5 – This is a stamped concrete patio with a redish/brown tint. In addition to the gloss finish I would hope to enhance the color.

  6. Linda says:

    St. Louis MO
    Interior
    Vertical
    No change in appearance
    (basement poured concrete wall)

  7. Tom says:

    1. What State do you live in? Maryland

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Either

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

    5. Type of surface examples: Driveway, Paver Patio, Brick Wall, etc. Paver Driveway

  8. Colin Gilligan says:

    1. What State do you live in? Georgia

    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: New standard concrete driveway and patio

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Colin, wet looks sealers do not work well for plain concrete. It dries uneven and blotchy.

  9. Drew says:

    1. Tennessee
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Wet look
    5. Weathered Brick
    Thanks!

  10. Jerry Steele says:

    Oregon, exterior, horizontal, satin look, concrete patio

  11. Chris says:

    1. Seattle, Wa
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Wet look with low sheen or no appearance change
    5. Concrete driveway

  12. andrea says:

    1. southern California
    2. exterior
    3. horizontal
    4. not sure but nothing too drastic, enhanced but not wet looking
    5. Exposed aggregate finished concrete.

    Would like to repel oil staining in outdoor kitchen area and driveway as well

    Thank you!
    Andrea

  13. Michael Y. says:

    Reno, NV
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet/Semi-gloss
    Stamped, tinted concrete patio

  14. Cart says:

    1. Arizona
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. Doesn't matter. Won't show. I just want it as waterproof as possible.
    5. For Inside of concrete block raised garden before soil is added.
    Thank you!

  15. Cart says:

    Just sent you my information.
    I think I may have written horizontal for my concrete brick raised garden – Oops!. I meant vertical.

  16. Colin says:

    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: no change (although do not mind. Which ever has the best product. Don't want to be doing this every year.

    5. Type of surface: Concrete cap on a freshwater canal wall.

    Thanks.

  17. Jeff says:

    1. What State do you live in? Oregon

    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. Which ever has the best product. Don't want to be doing this every year.

    5. Type of surface: Raised aggregate driveway

    Thanks.

  18. Nick says:

    CA
    Ext
    Horizontal
    No change, low change, matte, best product,
    Slight acid wash white concrete pool deck low slip

  19. Matt says:

    CA
    Ext
    Horizontal
    Not visible – best product
    Stucco smooth – best waterproof seal

  20. Karen Wichmann says:

    Minnesota
    Exterior
    Stamped and dyed concrete around swimming pool installed 14 years ago a very large area. I had it professional sealed only once in 14 years. I desperately need it sealed this year for maintenance, protection from harsh MN weather and bring back beautiful shiny look . What product should I use??

  21. Manny says:

    1. WI
    2. Exterior
    3. Horizontal
    4. wet look
    5. patio

  22. Andy says:

    Maryland
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change, matte. Want slip resistant when wet, with color enhancement if possible. But not really into a glossy look. Some gloss ok, but prefer matte or no show.
    South facing driveway, so lots of sun.

  23. Bill Nadon says:

    South Dakota
    Horizontal
    Matte, darker color
    Pool Deck

  24. Scott J. says:

    Utah
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Color enhancement, but not glossy or slippery
    Concrete driveway

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Color enhanced/wet look sealers that darken will not work well for plain poured concrete. Dries blotchy. Look at a long lasting water repellent like Super Seal-M or Masonry Saver Heavy duty.

  25. Amy says:

    Kentucky
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change or little change preferred
    Regular concrete under a deck (does not get sunshine or dry out well – main concern is algae stains)

  26. Tim Schilling says:

    Minnesota
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Not totally sure…
    Exposed aggregate concrete around pool and patio surround

  27. Travis N 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 of appearance

    5. Type of surface examples: Driveway, Paver Patio, Brick Wall, etc. Driveway

  28. Cason says:

    Michigan
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Darken, Semi Gloss
    Stamped Patio

  29. Dave Y says:

    State: Buffalo, NY
    Exterior Concrete
    Horizontal
    Appearance: Whatever is BEST for an area around an in ground pool
    Application is for concrete around an in ground pool

  30. Jenna B says:

    Jenna B
    State: Missouri
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Appearance: The contractor dyed the concrete and did not seal. I want to darken (light brown or dark tan) and give wet look as well as seal.
    Application: poured concrete around inground pool

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Not sure of that will work or not since it already dyed. You may need to add a tint into the sealer. look at Super Seal 25 and they have a tint that can be added called Desert Tan.

  31. Denise America says:

    State: Maryland
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    No change (just protection )
    Patio around in ground pool

  32. Chad Biesinger says:

    State: Utah
    Exterior
    Vertical
    Pre-cast concrete columns with exposed pebble finish, plan to power wash a seal to keep moisture out.

  33. Bryan D. says:

    Interior

    Horizontal

    Brick floor

    Louisiana

    Want minimal shine but enhance color. Want to seal against mortar dust.

  34. Zack says:

    1. What State do you live in? Northern California

    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 needed

    5. Type of surface: Driveway… prevent pitting

  35. deb S. says:

    Live in Denver . Co. Last year had our pattern concrete resealed and it has turned all milky. The person wants to reseal it again.The seal did not last more than 4 weeks and it started to get milky looking again. What product should we use to reseal I?. He has been using half sealer and half xylene. He wants to do that again.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Adding more sealer will not fix the issue. It needs to be chemically stripped first. After you want to use a sealer that will not turn white.

  36. Katie says:

    1. What State do you live in? Florida

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Interior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? both

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

    5. Type of surface examples: basement concrete floor and block walls

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Katie, you cannot paint over a sealer. You would want a coating that does both like an epoxy.

  37. Brian says:

    Brian. Ohio
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Gloss
    Stamped concrete patio

    Any suggestions for tinting. Concrete shows fading from sun

  38. John Phan says:

    What State do you live in? Alberta, canada

    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? Glossy wet look

    5. Type of surface examples: concrete driveway preventing cracking, salt, and oils

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Hello, is this plain poured concrete or something else? Gloss/wet look sealers will not work on plain poured concrete.

  39. Marie says:

    I have a concrete paver patio that is getting pitted and would like to seal it.

  40. Chris says:

    Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Would like wet look
    Concrete driveway – exposed agregrite that was poured 25 years ago would like to seal it up and have it look contemporary – Thanks..

  41. LARRY ROA says:

    #1 CALIFORNIA #2 EXTERIOR #3 BOTH HORIZONAL AND VERTICAL #4 NO CHANGE IN APPEARANCE
    #5CONCREATE TRIM, SILLS, FRAME, ARCH. DETAILS

  42. EBloom says:

    1. What State do you live in? Illinois

    2. Interior or Exterior concrete surface? Exterior

    3. Vertical or Horizontal application? Not sure

    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. – New Concrete driveway and walkway with california finish and I want to prevent salt damage, cracking and potholes.

  43. Alice says:

    1. What State do you live in? California

    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: Decorative Stamped Concrete

    Any suggestions on concrete sealer to use?

  44. Eric says:

    1. What State do you live in? Oregon

    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? Matte (natural) finish

    5. Type of surface: Exposed aggregate 150' driveway and patios

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Try Supreme Shield SB-600 if you want a wet look bu no gloss. For no change, try the Super Seal-M.

  45. Paul says:

    Western Washington State
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Low gloss
    Pool deck that is integral colored broomed and hand trowel borders. Was going to add shark grip on hard troweled areas to prevent falling.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      The only way shark grip will work is if you use a filming sealer as well. Look at Super Seal Matte.

  46. Eric G. says:

    Arizona

    Exterior

    Vertical

    Any finish would work

    Typical concrete driveway, but having 3 cars always puts down tire marks from the heat. Need a sealer that could help preventing that.

  47. Bob says:

    Live in northern Kentucky.
    Exterior patio
    Horizontal
    Stop mold

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You cannot \”stop\” mold with a sealer but it will help to minimize it. Try Super Seal-M.

  48. Carol says:

    Tennessee
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    Wet look/Gloss
    Aggregate Driveway and Patio

  49. Bob says:

    Florida
    Interior
    Horizontal
    Wet Look/Gloss
    interior room floor

  50. tom lawdenski says:

    Tenessee
    Exterior
    Horizontal
    wet look/gloss
    paver patio

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