Buying the Best Concrete Coatings for Your Surface
When it comes to sealing your concrete floor there are many concrete coatings to choose from. Some are made for in the house, others for the outdoors or your garage. Before you purchase your coatings, it is important to know what you are looking for.
Stains come in many colors and are semi-transparent. They penetrate the top layer and bond with the concrete. This makes it harder for them to be scratched or worn off over time. Stains are useful for indoor work. You can mix and match the colors in order to make your surface look more welcoming. Stains also protect the floor from spills and dirt, making the surface much easier to clean.
Paints also come in many colors. They can be mixed to create even more colors and intricate designs. Paints seal the concrete, making it resistant to water and different types of stains. Like stains, it is easier to clean a painted surface than bare concrete. Certain types of paint also keep the minerals from leaching out of the concrete and forming a white dusty film. Other paints are non-slip, making your house safer for those who run around stocking-footed. Other paints are designed for the outdoors. Paints are topical, making them susceptible to scratches and chips.
Epoxy is a plastic based coating and is usually used for garage floors. It is resistant to oil, dirt, water, grease and hot tires. It is easy to lay down and makes it easier to clean up any spills.
Sealers come with many different purposes. Outdoor sealers are waterproof or water-repellent, depending on the brand. Keeping the water out of the concrete makes it harder for plants to grow. You also don’t want water penetrating the concrete and freezing, as this will cause the concrete to crack. Another type of sealer is an aggregate sealer. This prevents exposed aggregate from breaking off. A third type of sealer is the non-slip sealer. This sealer may have some of the same properties as other sealers, but plastic grit is added to make the surface rough.
Topical and Penetrating Coatings
Another thing to consider is whether a coating is topical or penetrating. A penetrating coat, such as a stain, is less likely to chip. However, they are more susceptible to an acid spill than topical coatings. In most homes, an acid spill is not common as they are outside or in a garage. With this in mind, it would be wiser to put a penetrating coat inside and a topical coat outside.
Some companies sell mixed coatings. These coatings are supposed to have elements of both topical and penetrating coatings. There is not a perfect mix, however. It is best if you consider your surface, its location and uses. These will help you decide what will be best for you.
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