The Concrete Protector Penetrating Hydrophobic Concrete Sealer is an environmentally friendly and safe concrete sealer. It is used to seal concrete by penetrating and glassifying the surface. This creates a water-resistant layer that will not alter the color, texture, or slip resistance of concrete. Protect your concrete from the damages that water and the environment can cause over time. This sealer also protects against damage that can be caused by salt, chemicals, harsh deicers, freeze-thaw damage, and UV rays.
First time do-it-yourselfers can rest easy learning that the application process of this concrete sealer is fast and straightforward. Professionals are often even more satisfied with this product because it doesn’t require a significant investment of time or energy to apply.
Make sure the concrete is clean and dry before you get started. You can do this by cleaning the area with a pressure washer and either waiting for the area to dry or using a leaf blower to speed that process. After mixing the concentrated product with 2.25 gallons of water, you simply pour the mixture into a pressure sprayer and spray a fine mist on the surface of the concrete you want protected. Continue applying until the surface is completely covered, and then spread the product out with a stiff broom. This last step ensures the entire surface is evenly covered. It also prevents any streaks, puddles, or runs. Wait 24 hours to allow the product to penetrate the surface of the concrete.
The sealer appears milky white when it is first applied. This allows you to see more clearly where the product needs to be applied. It quickly dries clear as it begins to adhere to the concrete. Only one coat is required to seal and create a hydrophobic and protected surface that will last for several years.
You may question whether or not you need a concrete sealer. Protecting driveways, and sidewalks is absolutely necessary if your home or business is located anywhere that sees rain, snow, sleet, hail, or any other type of moisture. Even the effects from sprinklers, hoses and pools can cause damage to concrete. The concrete that is used on your driveway, sidewalks and foundation is porous. This allows water to enter into the concrete, which eventually leads to shifts and cracking. Think about it this way: Water carved the Grand Canyon. Imagine what it can do to your sidewalk or driveway.
The Concrete Protector concrete sealer is an excellent choice for anyone who has a concrete patio, driveway, or sidewalk. It works well in professional settings and at residential homes. This sealer is ideal for use on concrete structures around pools, fountains and other water features. Those who live and work in environments that suffer from snow and ice will find that using a sealant lengthens its life and improves its appearance with very little maintenance.
Some do-it-yourselfers and even professionals wonder what the difference is between an acrylic sealer and a penetrating sealer. An acrylic sealer offers a protective film on the surface of the concrete. They are also sometimes offered in clear or “wet look” varieties, though these often have a milky appearance due to the composition of the acrylic product. These acrylics can be used indoors or outdoors. They are used to protect the concrete from UV rays and water damage, so they are most often used in on sidewalks, and on driveways. The downside to acrylics is that acrylics do not have longevity. The thin coating of the acrylic may peel, crack and flake soon after application. Even then, you can expect to touch up acrylic sealers regularly. If you have a tinted acrylic, any chips or flaking will be noticeable, which requires even further maintenance.
A penetrating sealer has a longer lifespan and is more durable than acrylics. Whereas acrylic sealers form a thin coating, penetrating sealers chemically alter the surface of the concrete to create a strong, hydrophobic membrane. This sealer lasts a minimum of three years but can last up to five or more with decent protection. Power washing will not damage this sealant the way it sometimes can with acrylic sealers. While this product does change the composition of your concrete, it does not change the appearance or texture. Most customers who use the Concrete Protector find that the ease of application, long lifespan and low maintenance makes this a much better choice than acrylic sealers.
This sealer isn’t just better because of its high quality. It is also better for the environment than other sealers on the market. The sealant is made in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Even packaging and shipping is done with the environment in mind. The concentrated product means that less fuel is used for shipping, less packaging is needed and less waste is created. Also, because you only need to reapply the coating every three to five years, you are not generating any unneeded waste by buying more and more products for your home’s upkeep.
The Concrete Protector is often on concrete but can be used on any masonry substrate such as blocks, pavers, bricks, and more.
Your entire project can be completed in a weekend, or you may wish to go through the application process on a weekday evening. It is easy and fast enough to apply after work, and then allow it to dry and cure while you are sleeping and away from home the following day. Thanks to the low odor, you won’t be bothered by nasty fumes.