There are quite a few different types of products on the market for sealing floors in homes and commercial spaces. It could be a bit of a challenge to find the right one for your project. Especially if the floor in question is subject to heavy foot traffic, vehicles or tools. In this article, we’re taking a look at the different types of floor coating sealers for concrete floors, how they work and the benefits of each, so that you can make an informed choice for your project.
Floor Coating Sealers
This is one of the most popular types of sealant, essentially putting a protective layer on top of the concrete to make it more durable, crack-resistant, and moisture-resistant. They bond tightly with the concrete itself and come in a wide range of colors and densities to suit different applications. Typically, these coatings are slippery, so be sure to look for one with a high-quality, non-slip additive to give ample traction.
Maintenance is very easy for floor coating sealers like a good polyaspartic finish as they are naturally durable and moisture-resistant. All you have to do is wipe up spills or dirt regularly using a standard floor cleaning solution.
However, it’s important to remember that you need to thoroughly prep the concrete floor before application in order to get the best result. Any dirt, cracks, and damage on the concrete floor will affect the product’s ability to bond with the concrete, creating weak spots where the coating can chip, lift, or crack. Because of this, it’s recommended that you use an experienced professional to lay your floor coating sealer, rather than going the messy and potentially disastrous route of laying it yourself.
You’ll see a lot of different types of floor coating sealants on the market, but as with anything else, quality is key. A good quality product will be thick, chemically resistant, and create a desirable, level result that lasts years. While thinner, low-quality products will wear more easily and will need to be replaced much sooner than expected.
Penetrating Floor Sealers
This type of floor sealer penetrates deep into the concrete rather than bonding to the surface of the floor. This means that the floor doesn’t usually need a lot of preparation before applying the product. Generally, only concrete floors that are power-troweled or very smooth need to be prepared. These sealers are usually silicate based using different formulas depending on the intended use of the space.
Unlike floor coating sealers, these pure sealer products don’t really affect the color of the substrate and the finish is purely functional rather than aesthetic. For example, you can’t get different colors, or work in decorative color flakes with a penetrating floor sealer. Instead, they provide good moisture resistance and some stain resistance, though not as much as with a floor coating sealer.
Maintaining this floor sealer isn’t very difficult either. It just requires a regular sweep or wash-down to remove dirt and spills. However, you do need to use a gentler cleaning product, as harsh chemicals can damage this type of coating.
Industrial-Grade Floor Coating Sealers for New Jersey Homes, Businesses, and Industrial Spaces
At Diamond Garage Solutions, we’re specialized in delivering commercial-quality sealed concrete floors, working first to repair, clean, and prepare the concrete flooring before applying epoxy. Our process ensures the most durable, level, and attractive flooring suitable for basements, garages, workshops, businesses, and even industrial spaces.
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