Ask an Expert: Why Do I Need to Seal Concrete Floors?

Concrete is fairly easy to maintain, but if you want your concrete floor to stay like new you should consider sealing it.

Sealing concrete helps to maintain a beautiful, smooth floor for years to come. At GWC Decorative Concrete, we know a thing or two about keeping concrete in tip-top shape!

This post contains all the information you need to know about sealing concrete floors:

  • Why You Should Seal Your Floors
  • How Sealing Extends Your Concrete Floors’ Beauty
  • Make Cleaning a Breeze With Sealed Concrete
  • Create a Smoother Surface by Sealing
Why seal concrete

Why You Should Seal Your Floors

A stained or concrete floor is a beautiful thing to behold. Earthy colors can be created and the stain can be manipulated in various ways to create one-of-a-kind patterns. If you have a stained concrete floor in your home, we know you have taken the time to choose the design that best suits your home’s personality.

In order to extend your concrete floors life, it should be sealed. Doing so will ensure it stays beautiful, easy to clean, prevent scuffs and staining, and helps to repel water and dust. If you take the time to care for your concrete floors, they will reward with a lifetime of beauty!

How Sealing Extends Your Concrete Floors’ Beauty

A sealant can do more than provide long-term protection for your concrete flooring. Sealants will even help beautify your floors. For instance, you can opt for a urethane sealant that can result in anything from a matte finish to a high gloss.

Many offices opt for a high gloss finish for their entryways, if not for the entire space. If you are sealing stained concrete in your home, you might consider what type of finish you want depending on foot traffic.

Additionally, some acrylic resin sealers enhance your chosen concrete stain, while other sealants are all but invisible. They simply penetrate the concrete, seal it, and nothing more. You’ll never know it’s been sealed!

Make Cleaning a Breeze With Sealed Concrete

A sealed concrete floor is far easier to clean than a non-sealed concrete floor. Depending on the thickness of your chosen sealant, weekly dusting and mopping will vary. The two types of sealants we recommend are a thick epoxy coating or a penetrating sealant.

Thick epoxy coating – your floor will repel small amounts of water, debris, dust, and other substances with no issue. If the floor is outside in the elements, you can rest assured that it will be protected.

Penetrating sealant – your slab will resist water year round. This sealant impregnates the concrete creating a type of hydrophobic shield. When liquid comes into contact with this sealant, it will instantly bead up. This type of sealant is perfect for bathrooms, mudrooms, and outdoor areas.

Create a Smoother Surface by Sealing

If your concrete slab is in your home, you’ll want the smooth property of a sealed slab. The reason being you won’t scuff furniture and children will be less likely to injure themselves while playing around the house!

A smoother surface will also experience less wear-and-tear, particularly in high-traffic areas. The opposite being a rough surface, which will create more friction and thus more wear. A smooth concrete floor lets foot traffic glide on by with far less difficulty.

Sealing Concrete is Worthwhile

Protecting your sealed concrete floors is a must for any part of your home or business. Taking the time and money to take care of your floors will pay off in the long run, not to mention making sure your floors are looking their best.

GWC Decorative Concrete is Portland’s premier concrete flooring contractor. Contact us today to discuss sealing your new or existing concrete floors. Also, take a moment to look at our previous concrete sealing work!