Floor Sealers (Kemiko)
Free downloadable 3-part specification to specify floor sealers for exposed concrete floors by Epmar Corporation.
Membrane and impregnating sealers are used as stand-alone floor finishes and overcoating for decorative stained concrete floor systems.
Concrete floors are a popular choice for their durability and versatility. However, to ensure they stand the test of time, it’s crucial to invest in a quality sealer. In this guide, we’ll explore four types of topical concrete floor sealers: acrylic, water repellent, polyurethane, and ultraviolet curable sealers. Let’s dive in.
1. Acrylic Sealers
Acrylic sealers are a cost-effective and user-friendly option for protecting concrete floors. They form a thin, breathable layer on the surface, enhancing the appearance and repelling stains.
- Affordability: Acrylic sealers are budget-friendly, making them an excellent choice for homeowners on a budget.
- Ease of Application: They are easy to apply and dry quickly, reducing downtime during the sealing process.
- Enhanced Aesthetics: Acrylic sealers provide a glossy finish, enhancing the natural color of the concrete.
- Durability: While suitable for light to moderate traffic, acrylic sealers may require more frequent reapplication in high-traffic areas.
2. Water Repellent Sealers
Water repellent sealers, also known as silane or siloxane sealers, are designed to protect concrete from moisture and water damage. They penetrate the surface, creating a barrier that repels water while allowing the concrete to breathe.
- Water Resistance: Highly effective at preventing water intrusion, making them ideal for outdoor applications.
- Breathability: Unlike some sealers, water repellent sealers allow moisture to escape, reducing the risk of trapped moisture-related issues.
- Appearance Alteration: Water repellent sealers do not significantly alter the appearance of the concrete, which may be a consideration for those seeking a glossy finish.
3. Polyurethane Sealers
Polyurethane sealers are known for their exceptional durability and resistance to abrasion, making them an excellent choice for high-traffic areas. They create a robust protective layer on the surface of the concrete.
- High Durability: Polyurethane sealers are highly resistant to wear and abrasion, making them suitable for industrial and commercial spaces.
- Chemical Resistance: They offer excellent protection against chemicals, making them a top choice for garage floors.
- Application Difficulty: Applying polyurethane sealers can be more complex and time-consuming compared to acrylic or water repellent sealers.
4. Ultraviolet Curable Sealers
Ultraviolet (UV) curable floor sealers are a cutting-edge option that utilizes UV light to quickly cure and harden the sealer. This results in a highly durable finish that is ready for use almost immediately.
- Rapid Curing: UV curable sealers offer quick curing times, allowing for minimal downtime during application.
- Highly Durable: They provide a tough, long-lasting protective layer that can withstand heavy traffic.
- Specialized Equipment: Applying UV curable sealers requires specialized equipment, which may increase the upfront cost.
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