If you have stamped concrete then you should have it sealed: It is that simple. Keep reading to find out the two main reasons it is so important, tips on what to do and what not to do, and other information. Then contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972 for a free quote on concrete sealing. Do not take on this task yourself until you find out how affordably we can handle it for you.
Sealing concrete helps it look beautiful
First and foremost, when you seal your concrete it looks incredible. This is the result of the sealant reducing the pores on your stone. Those pores can easily trap dirt and can make it harder to clean the concrete. When it is sealed, that dirt and grime can be rinsed off easily and you will be left with the beauty of sealed concrete. You can even use a sealant that includes a glossy wet look or that includes a beautiful stain.
Never apply the sealer too thickly
If you are installing the sealer on your own, then one of the most important things to pay attention to is how thickly you apply the sealer. If you do it too thickly then it will end up just puddling on the surface. You want it to penetrate for maximum protection. If you use an acrylic sealer, know that it is designed on go on extremely thinly. For example, most acrylic sealers should have a thickness of just 1 to 2 mils.
The best way to get uniform coverage that is not too thick is to use two thin coats. This gives you more control than trying to do one heavy coat, and while it may take more time the end result will make it well worth the extra time.
Never apply a solvent-based sealer over a water-based product
If you have used a water-based product on your concrete then you do not want to then add a solvent-based sealer. Why? Because the solvent will do what it is made to do: It will eat away at or soften the water-based sealer. This is one of the many reasons to work with the professionals – we know which products to use and how to do so correctly.
Read the instructions from the manufacturer but do not rely on them entirely
You should certainly read the application guidelines provided by the sealant manufacturer. You should use the tools they recommend and allow the concrete to dry between coats for the amount of time they recommend. However, note that their instructions are for general applications. Is there a special situation that would require you to do it differently?
The bottom line is that this is a relatively simple process that if done incorrectly can not only fail to properly seal your stamped concrete but could harm it. Before you decide to take care of this project on your own, contact Fuller Stone Care at 855-205-0972 to find out how much easier we can make it.