Often times the last thing we think of is resealing our concrete in the fall. More people are thinking of raking leaves, covering the pool and getting the outdoor furniture put away. Winter can be the most difficult on your outdoor decorative concrete. We recommend thinking about putting a fresh coat of sealer on it this fall, before winter hits. Thus protecting your investment. You have many reseal options from which to choose:
The Stamp Store’s number #1 selling sealer is SS Specialties Supreme 2500 High Gloss, which is a solvent-based acrylic. It’s easy to apply and cost effective. We also have Supreme 2500 Medium Gloss, Supreme 2500 Plus Medium Gloss and Supreme 3000 High Gloss. Each of these sealers can be used interior or exterior. All acrylic sealers are considered film forming, i.e., they will leave a film on top of your surface. These film forming sealers provide a gloss to your concrete.
The life expectancy of an acrylic sealer will depend on the UV exposure and chemical exposure. Remember, that Supreme 3000 as a base coat will typically last longer than Supreme 2500 because of the solid content and this might be an option if you don’t want to seal as often.
If a smell factor is an issue, or you are restricted by your local government regarding VOC’s, then water-based sealers might be your better choice. Two great options: SS Specialties EpoSeal 20 and EpoSeal 38.
Siloxane/Silane Sealers/Repellants are considered penetrating sealers. Unlike the acrylic sealer, they do not leave a film on the surface and are both water-based and solvent-based.
When you have a wet surface these repellents such as SS Specialties Repel Guard SB-20, SS Repel Block WB-75 and SS Repel Guard 40 perform very well. They leave the profile of the concrete thus helping with slip resistance. Of course, this greatly depends on the profile of your concrete as well. A tightly troweled sidewalk will more than likely always remain slick.
All of SS Specialties Repellents are not recommended for driveways because of the hot tire pick up, leaving homeowners disappointed. This repellent is better for foot traffic. One of the best qualities is the life expectancy of this product, which is 5 to 7 years before resealing will be necessary. (Note: you cannot put an acrylic over this product until it has been ground off.) If you have a porch that is covered or say a gardening or utilities room, SS Repellents are perfect choices.
Before You Start To Reseal, Know What Your Current Sealer Is
It’s important to know what your current sealer is. Always reseal your current sealer with the same one. Don’t make the mistake of putting on a non-compatible sealer with what you already have down. This a recipe for disaster. The Stamp Store keeps records on items you have purchased, so don’t hesitate to call and confirm. If you want to change to a different sealer, that’s OK too. You will just be in for a bit more work, stripping off the old sealer and maybe even having to grind. Because so many circumstances are different, its best to take advantage of our expert technicians by calling us to discuss.
We are happy to consult with you over the phone. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you spruce up so you won’t have to do it in the Spring!