When it comes to protecting and preserving concrete surfaces, there are two main types of sealants to choose from: water-based and solvent-based. Both offer a high level of protection and long life to freshly finished or aged concrete surfaces, but there are some key differences between the two that should be taken into consideration when making a decision. Water-based sealants are a great choice for those looking for a high performance, low VOC concrete sealant that is durable and easy to work with. They don't have the odor or cleanliness issues associated with solvent-based sealants, making them ideal for DIY projects.
Plus, they are better for your health and the environment. Solvent-based sealants usually have a glossy finish, which gives concrete a wet look that is also usually slightly darker. This can be beneficial when it comes to achieving a decorative effect, but water-based sealants can give a more natural look to your concrete. This is ideal when working with gray concrete without color.
Certain water-based sealants, such as Everclear Vox from Euclid Chemical, are perfect for any application, both decorative and non-decorative. They darken concrete enough to enhance any added color, but not enough to give it a full wet look, creating a subtle, natural finish. Solvent-based concrete sealants are better for commercial projects and professional use. They typically last longer depending on surface exposure to stains and contaminants, weather, moisture, and maintenance.
However, both water-based and solvent-based concrete sealants can offer up to three years of protection even when used outdoors. When it comes down to it, water-based sealants are often the best choice due to their safety, effectiveness, finish and cost-effectiveness. Solvent-based concrete sealants are best for concrete walkways and walkways, as well as for concrete areas around swimming pools. In addition, they can be used as a protective finishing layer for ready mix concrete. It is important to know the characteristics of concrete floor sealants before making a decision. They can range from very high VOC (over 400 grams per liter) to very low VOC (less than 100 grams per liter).
Custom Concrete Preparation and Polishing in Denver specializes in polished concrete, decorative concrete, stained concrete, epoxy coatings, moisture mitigation, floor leveling, micro covering and surface preparation. Today, the new Clear Shield Premium formula water-based decorative concrete sealant is by far the most popular sealant among DIY enthusiasts and contractors alike. It is designed to protect concrete from wear and provide chemical and stain resistance. In conclusion, water-based acrylic sealants are generally the best choice for all types of concrete due to their safety, effectiveness, finish and cost-effectiveness. Solvent-based concrete sealants are best for commercial projects and professional use.