Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Concrete Sealing

If you’ve been hearing about concrete staining and aren’t sure what to think about it, then Fuller Concrete Staining we’re happy to share with you some answers to the most frequently asked questions our customers ask us. If you don’t see your question answered, or if you want to learn more, contact us at 310-944-9099.

What concrete surfaces need to be sealed?

Any concrete on your property that could possibly freeze and then thaw should be sealed. This doesn’t mean concrete that freezes frequently – just concrete that could freeze at all. Without proper sealing, cracking can happen with a single freeze.

What reasons would I seal my concrete other than protecting it from freeze / thaw cycles?

Of course, the fear that your concrete will freeze and thaw – and crack as a result – isn’t the only reason to consider concrete sealing. You also want to seal your concrete to repel stains, resist damage from abrasion, to ensure it maintains its attractive appearance, to reduce dust, and to resist chemicals.

What will happen if I choose not to seal my concrete?

Remember that concrete is porous. As a result, it’s always ready to absorb liquids. If you live in an area where temperatures get below freezing, then that expansion of frozen liquids can quickly destroy concrete. In other cases, salt, chemicals, fertilizer, and oil can damage and / or discolor concrete that hasn’t been sealed.

What will it look like after it’s been sealed?

It depends on what sealer you choose. In most cases, chemically reactive sealers are almost invisible because they’re working deep within the concrete. On the other hand, a solvent-based resin sealer will enhance the color and give your concrete a unique wet look. We can even use a variety of colors to provide total concrete staining services for you.

When should a concrete sealer be applied?

Ideally, you’d want to apply your sealer as soon as it’s able to withstand the weight of the installer. In some cases, with different types of sealers, it may take 28 days until your concrete is ready to be sealed. The best way to determine if your concrete is ready or not is to contact Fuller Concrete Staining and let us give you specific information about your specific concrete.

Does concrete sealer make it slippery?

In short, it depends on the sealer you use. Some have no effect on traction or the overall surface profile of your concrete. On the other hand, some may make it slippery. The good news is that we can use anti-skid additives to make your concrete slip resistant.

Are you ready to learn more? Then contact Fuller Concrete Staining at 310-944-9099 and let us show you how beautiful your concrete can be!

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