A concrete sealer is essential for protecting surfaces from water damage caused by freeze/thaw cycles, stains from dirt, deicing salts, oil and other contaminants, and much more. So, if you’ve just installed the decorative concrete masterpiece of your dreams, make sure it gets sealed.
The strength and durability of concrete makes it an important structural material. However, concrete’s porous nature allows it to absorb water and soluble salts, which can be destructive. Further, when steel reinforcement is embedded in concrete to increase its strength, concrete’s absorption of salts, particularly chlorides, will eventually cause corrosion issues. Therefore, protection of concrete from environmental factors may be critical to preserving its function over time. Applying concrete sealers over new or existing concrete surfaces is a typical solution.