10 Mar Understanding Imprinted Concrete Sealers: How do they work?
Imprinted concrete is a popular choice for driveway and patio surfaces mainly because of its durability, low maintenance requirements, and aesthetic appeal. However, to maintain its appearance and protect it from damage, imprinted concrete requires regular maintenance, including the application of a concrete sealer. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at imprinted concrete sealers and explore how they work to protect your surface.
Here at Color Pave, we manufacture a wide range of high-quality imprinted concrete sealers for most types of hard surfaces such as driveways, patios, and floors. We offer sealers specifically designed for imprinted concrete surfaces. These sealers can provide protection against water and stains and are available in a gloss or satin finish.
What is an Imprinted Concrete Sealer?
Before diving into how imprinted concrete sealers work, it’s important to understand what they are. An imprinted concrete sealer is a type of protective coating that is applied to an imprinted concrete surface to protect it from weathering and other environmental factors. Sealers work by creating a barrier on the surface of the concrete, preventing water, oil, and other contaminants from penetrating the surface and causing damage.
Benefits of Using an Imprinted Concrete Sealer
- Protects against weathering: An imprinted concrete sealer protects your surface from the effects of weathering, including UV damage, water damage, and freeze-thaw damage.
- Enhances colour and texture: A sealer can enhance the colour and texture of your imprinted concrete surface, giving it a fresh, vibrant appearance.
- Makes cleaning easier: A sealed imprinted concrete surface is easier to clean, as the sealer creates a barrier that prevents dirt, oil and other contaminants from penetrating the surface.
- Increases lifespan: By regularly applying a sealer to your imprinted concrete surface can help extend its lifespan, saving you lots of money in the long run.
Types of Imprinted Concrete Sealers and How They Work
There are two main types of imprinted concrete sealers: solvent-based and water-based. Solvent-based sealers are made from oils and provide a glossy finish to the surface. They are more durable than water-based sealers and are better suited for high-traffic areas. However, water-based sealers are more environmentally friendly and have a lower VOC content than solvent-based sealers. They provide a matte finish and are better suited for low-traffic areas.
Both types of sealers work by penetrating the surface of the concrete and creating a barrier that protects it from damage. Solvent-based sealers penetrate deeper into the surface of the concrete and provide a stronger bond, making them more durable. Water-based sealers penetrate less deeply and are less durable, but they are more environmentally friendly and easier to apply.
In conclusion, we hope you now understand how imprinted concrete sealers work, and how they protect your surface from damage and look great for years to come. When you come to choose a sealer, consider the level of traffic on your surface and the environmental impact of the sealer. With the right sealer and proper maintenance, your imprinted concrete surface can remain beautiful and durable for many years.