Two main types of concrete sealers are used in Michigan depending on what kind of concrete you are protecting.
Reactive penetrating sealer is the most common type of sealer. It is perfect for regular, non-decorative concrete such as driveways, sidewalks, patios, etc.
Topical acrylic sealer is the second most common type. It is necessary to maintain the integrity and appearance of stamped and decorative concrete.
This article explains both types and outlines the reasons why concrete sealing is so crucial in Michigan due to the numerous freeze-thaw cycles and heavy use of salt.
Related: The Benefits of Concrete Sealing
We tend to think of concrete as solid and hard to destroy. However, it is actually quite porous and susceptible to weather and other substances that wear it away and promote deterioration.
It is important to use the right type of sealer on the specific type of concrete you are protecting. Variations of these types of sealers are available at big box stores, however, the best formulas on the market for the best prices are only available to concrete sealer contractors. It is worth your time and money to have professionals seal your concrete for you.
Precision Concrete is happy to provide a FREE quote for different types of concrete sealing.
Types of Concrete Sealers
Penetrating sealers soak into the concrete to protect the entire structure of the concrete. They do not leave any sealer on the top of the concrete, unlike acrylic sealers. This type of sealer is used on non-decorative concrete like driveways, sidewalks, entryways, loading docks, etc. When applied correctly, you can expect a penetrating sealer to last 5-10 years. Sealer on higher traffic areas like driveways will last about five years.
Acrylic sealers sit on top of the concrete and create an actual film or barrier. They are used for stamped and decorative concrete. They make the color and design of the concrete pop and protect the surface.
Acrylic sealers don’t last as long as penetrating sealers since UV light and abrasion break down the sealer over time. Acrylic sealers will last about 2-3 years on a sidewalk and about one year on a driveway.
Related: Sealing Stamped Concrete
With stamped and decorative concrete it is important to have a regular maintenance plan to keep your concrete protected for a long time. Check out What To Do After Concrete Is Sealed
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