While sealing your concrete isn’t a must and often overlooked, but it’s is highly recommended. It is not only going to provide slip resistance, and an aesthetic appeal by enriching and enhancing your concrete, but it can save costly repair work in the in the long run. Below are a few points to why we recommend sealing your concrete.
It’s likely a surprise that prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV can degrade and damage your concrete, however it is reality. While concrete is very strong and durable, over time the polymers and other bond chains of the concrete structure will weaken and disintegrate. This will eventually lead to separation in the concrete join, cracking, the fading of coloured concrete, and an increasingly brittle surface.
In the long run, preventing damage is cheaper than repairing it and if cared for properly it has the potential to last for centuries. If your concrete is inevitably going to be exposed to the suns UV for prolonged periods of time, the best option to protect your concrete is to use a high-quality UV stable sealer.
Provides slip resistance
A seamless layer is typically formed when sealers dry, creating a dangerously slippery surface especially when wet. Traditionally, applicators will add a fine abrasive like silica sand to the sealer, while being effective initially it will typically wear away leaving you with a very slippery surface.
With Masterseal however, the slip resistance is an integral part of the single pot mix creating a longer lasting and more effective slip resistance. Masterseal is widely trusted in public areas and in emergency services around New Zealand as it exceeds the code AS/NZS 3661.1: 1993 Slip Resistance of Pedestrian Surfaces.
Enhance the colour
Whether you want to enhance the colour of your concrete or keep it as close to its true colour, Masterseal provides both options. Our solvent based Masterseal will saturate the colour of your concrete, giving it a wet look. While our water-based sealer will mostly keep the true colour of the concrete as it appears before applying a sealer.
Wondering how to see what a solvent-based sealer will look like on your concrete? Simply wet your concrete, this will be close too how it will look with a solvent-based sealer applied.