While conducting research for your concrete project, you’ve likely learned a bit about sealer and just how necessary it is when it comes to protecting your indoor concrete floors. However, this begs the question:
Is sealer necessary for outdoor concrete too?
The purpose of concrete sealer
In order to answer this question, it’s important to understand the purpose of a sealer. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just a money-making scam used to up-sell you, and can actually save you money down the line.
The purpose of a concrete sealer is to protect your concrete from cracks, flakes, discoloration, stains, and more. Without sealer, your concrete will absorb moisture, crack, and have a much shorter lifespan than sealed concrete.
That being said, not only are outdoor concrete sealers worthwhile, but they’re absolutely essential. Your outdoor concrete requires just as much protection as your indoor concrete, and is subjected to much harsher elements such as rain, dirt, snow, tire marks, and more.
If you own a pool, concrete sealer is especially critical to protect against water damage and the harsh effects of chlorine or saltwater.
How concrete sealer can save you money
When your concrete is sealed, you can save on repair and replacement costs that would occur had it not been protected. Sealer will need to be reapplied every few years for continued protection, and is ideal for patio floors, pool decks, driveways, walkways, and more.
As long as it’s properly sealed, your concrete can become one of the strongest, most durable, and longest lasting materials associated with your home.
Types of sealer
There are many types of outdoor concrete sealer available on the market. Chemically reactive sealers are practically invisible and are used to penetrate deep into your concrete. Colored sealers, like solvent-based acrylic resin or water-based acrylic resin, also exist to give your concrete an extra pop of high-gloss color, all the while providing the same protection as other sealers.
At Port Aggregates, our professional concrete contractors are always available to answer any questions that you may have regarding your next concrete project. Contact us today! We look forward to helping you create the yard of your dreams.