Concrete

  • Driveways

  • Patios

  • Sidewalks

  • Pool Decks

  • Garage Floors

  • Warehouses

  • Interior Floors

  • Porches

  • Tilt-Up Walls

  • Pre-Cast



  • Concrete Cleaning

  • Concrete Staining

  • Concrete Sealing

  • Exposed Aggregate

  • Acid Staining

  • Dyes

  • Stains

  • Driveway Sealer

Acid Staining

 

The Products and Possibilities
available for Enhancing and
Protecting your concrete are
amazing!

Sealing Exposed Aggregate

 

There are two main reasons why
people apply products to concrete...

To Beautify
& to Protect!

 

The first is EASY to understand!

Unfortunately, most people don't understand how IMPORTANT it is to protect concrete that is exposed to the elements. Just like a sponge, concrete is actually a very porous material. Unprotected concrete will readily soak up water, oil, dirt, salt and lots of other contaminates.

Although dirt and oil can permanently stain the concrete, the real threat is WATER!
Water soaks into the concrete, then freezes.
The freezing water expands, causing tiny cracks to form.
These cracks let in even more water, and the cycle continues creating bigger and bigger cracks.

Concrete is primarily made of gravel, sand and cement.
Cement is the "glue" that holds the mix together.
Although concrete is extremely hard and durable, the cement holding the mix together will actually erode away as water flows across it.
This type of damage happens over time and is seldom noticed until it is too late and the damage has already been done.

Cement Sealant


See how the
un-treated section
just soaks up the
water; while it
beads and runs off
of the protected
surface!

Waterproofing Sealant for Concrete Driveways

There are many different products and treatments available for Waterproofing and Sealing Concrete.
In addition to protection from the elements, most can add beauty, color, depth and shine to your ordinary concrete.

We can provide Products, Supplies and advice for Acid Staining, Dyes, Driveway Sealer, Driveway sealing, Concrete Staining and more!

Don't forget that every job is unique! Because the composition and condition of concrete will always vary, results and requirements will also vary.
Our job is to provide solutions to your concrete problems.  We even have a certified concrete engineer on staff !

Exterior Concrete

Exterior concrete consists of Driveways, Sidewalks, Patios, Porches, Pool Decks and any other concrete found outdoors.

There are four basic types of concrete found outdoors; Exposed Aggregate, Broom Swept, Smooth Trowelled and Stamped.

How to Seal Exposed Aggregate Concrete
Wet Look Sealer on Aggregate

Exposed aggregate is concrete in which the top layer was washed off after the pour, exposing the rock or gravel in the mix. This type of concrete is often called pea gravel concrete or chip. The sidewalk in the picture above is exposed chip. Pea gravel is brown in color and chip is gray. This type of concrete is popular for all types of outdoor projects.

Because the protective top layer has been removed, this type of concrete is the most venerable to damage. As water erodes the cement away, the exposed stones will loosen and break off. Water also tends to "pond" on these surfaces, making freeze cracks a major problem. This moisture also often causes black mold to form.


  • Aggregate Cleaning and Preparation

    - As with all projects, proper preparation is the MOST important step! Before a protective treatment can be applied, any non-compatible old sealers MUST be removed and the surface completely cleaned and de-greased to ensure adhesion and penetration.
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  • Wet Look Solvent Based Acrylic Sealers

    - These make up probably 90% of treatments for exposed aggregate concrete. We offer these in clear, and also tinted brown or gray to match and enhance your concrete. These solvent-based sealers are effective, economical and offer easy maintenance. This type sealer is readily available at most paint and home stores, unfortunately many are low grade products that will fail or turn yellow in a short time. Be sure to only use a premium pure acrylic. To maintain protection and appearance, this sealer should have a maintenance coat every 18-24 months.
    Shop and Compare Premium Pure Acrylic Exposed Aggregate Sealers....

  • Penetrating Aggregate Sealers

    - This type of sealer penetrates into the surface, sealing out water and contaminates. Penetrating sealers do not form a film or change the look of the surface. These are very popular for sidewalk sealing and concrete waterproofing since they do not become slippery when wet. These are very effective, long lasting and offer easy maintenance. They are slightly more expensive, but this sealer only needs maintenance every 5 years.
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Aggregate Concrete Sealer Reviews
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Exposed Aggregate Product Comparison Chart
Exposed Aggregate Sealers Clemons Supreme Seal 25 Surfkoat MMA 25 Solvent Based Penetrating Sealer Clemons Supreme Seal 30 Super Seal 25 Sealer Super Seal 30 Sealer Penetrating concrete sealer Penetrating Silane Siloxane Sealer Seal n Lock 2k Urethane Kinloch Concrete Oil Repellent

How to seal a concrete driveway
Concrete Staining

This is plain old regular everyday concrete! It is usually gray in color with a rough texture.This is the concrete commonly found on driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. The surface is made-up of a thin layer of sand and cement. Unfortunately it doesn't take long for water, snow, salt and traffic to wear it away. Because of it's light color and porous surface, stains from oil, grease and dirt will soon form. A seal coat will protect your concrete and make your driveway cleaning much easier. We carry a full line of Concrete Sealers, Stains & Dyes for brommed concrete.

In addition to protection, many people want to change the look of regular boring concrete. This opens a whole new group of options ..... Color!

  • Concrete Cleaning and Preparation

    - As with all projects, proper preparation is the MOST important step! Before a protective treatment can be applied, any non-compatible old sealers MUST be removed and the surface completely cleaned and de-greased to ensure adhesion and penetration.
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  • High Gloss Solvent Based Acrylic Sealers

    - These sealers work well on most colored, stained or dyed broom swept concrete. They offer good protection and excellent color enhancement. These usually aren't recommended on un-colored broom swept concrete as they will darken and discolor this type of concrete. We offer these in clear, and also tinted brown or gray to match and enhance your concrete. These solvent-based sealers are effective, economical and offer easy maintenance. This type sealer is readily available at most paint and home stores, unfortunately many are low grade products that will fail or turn yellow in a short time. Be sure to only use a premium pure acrylic. To maintain protection and appearance, this sealer should have a maintenance coat every 18-24 months.
    Shop and Compare Premium Pure Acrylic Sealers....

  • Water Based Clear Acrylic Sealers

    - These clear sealers are similar to the acrylics described above, but are not as durable as the solvent based sealers. They offer fair protection and will not darken or discolor this type of concrete. Ok for areas with poor ventilation, but there are much better options.
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  • Penetrating Concrete Sealers

    - This is the sealer we usually recommend for most broomed concrete applications. This type of sealer penetrates deep into the surface, sealing out water and contaminates. Penetrating sealers do not form a film or change the look of the surface. These are very popular for sidewalk sealing and exterior concrete waterproofing since they do not become slippery when wet. These are very effective, long lasting and offer easy maintenance. They are slightly more expensive, but this sealer only needs maintenance every 5 years.
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  • Permanent Concrete Sealers

    - See explanation above.
    This is where these products really shine! They offer great protection against oil, gas and other stains. In addition to sealing the pores, these products will actually increase the compressive strength of the concrete. They can also be used with various coloring options, including dyes that can be added directly to the sealer for a one step application of color,hardener and sealer!
    Shop and Compare Wakefield Penetrating Concrete Sealers...

  • Concrete Acid Stains

    - Also called reactive stains, these create a chemical reaction with the minerals in concrete. Acid staining produces the random mottled look of antique stone. Available in a variety of earth tones, these stains are permanent and require a sealer topcoat. Acids are not recommended for concrete over 7 years old, and cannot be used on previously sealed concrete.
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  • Concrete Dyes / Stains

    - These are most often the colorant of choice for broomed concrete. They are available in more colors than the acids, and give more predictable results. Products will vary greatly depending on manufacturer. Some are water based while others are acetone based. UV stability will also vary depending on the type of pigment used. Most require a sealer topcoat. As mentioned above, dyes can also be combined with the Wakefield line of penetrating and permanent sealers.
    Shop and Compare Concrete Coloring Systems...

  • Solid Color Sealer Stains

    - Available in a variety of colors, these solvent-based acrylic sealers are effective, economical and offer easy maintenance. They perform well in low-traffic applications, but should never be used if moisture or alkali problems are present in the concrete. To maintain protection and appearance, this sealer should have a maintenance coat every 18-24 months.
    Shop and Compare Acrylic Sealer Stains...
Concrete Stain and Sealer Reviews
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Broomed Concrete Product Comparison Chart
Concrete Driveway Sealers Gloss Acrylic Concrete Sealer Solvent Based Silane Siloxane Sealer Matte Driveway Sealer Methyl methacrylacte Penetrating Acrylic Sealer Super Seal Concrete Sealer Water Based Urethane Acrylic Sealnlock Super Wet Paver Sealer Wakefield Hydro-Top Concrete Sealer Water Repellent Driveway Sealer InnerSeal Permanent Concrete Sealer Concrete Waterproofing Sealer Wakefield Hydro-Top Kinloch Nano 1000

Concrete Staining Products Clemons Concrete Acid Stain UV Stable Concrete Color Solid Color Driveway Sealer Surfkoat concrete dye Sealnlock sealer Sealnlock color Surfkoat reactive acid stain

Sealer for porches

This is concrete that has been finished to a slick, hard, dense surface. Except for covered porches, this type is rarely found outside because it can become very slippery when wet. All treatments above work well for this application, especially the InnerSeal Densi-Dye system. Acid stains are also much more compatible with smooth finishes and usually give good results. NEVER apply ANY sealer to steel trowelled concrete without first chemically or mechanically opening the surface. Always avoid using acid if possible. If acid must be used, thoroughly neutralize the surface before any coating is applied. Surface must be clean, porous and dry before application of sealer!


Sealing Stamped Concrete

This is concrete that has been stamped with a pattern to resemble natural stone or brick. The pool deck in the picture above is stamped, stained and sealed. Almost all stains and sealers are suitable for new stamped concrete. As mentioned above, all have different strengths and weaknesses. Choose products based on your specific situation and needs. For restoration of existing stamped concrete, you should always test for compatibility with your existing sealer before application.

Interior Concrete

Interior concrete is usually found in the form of flooring. These floors can be found in residential, commercial or industrial settings. Almost always, these are slick, dense, smoothly trowelled surfaces.

Staining Concrete Yourself
Stained concrete floor

  • Concrete Floor Cleaning and Preparation

    - Before applying ANY product to ANY steel trowelled floor, the surface MUST be opened chemically or by mechanically grinding or shot blasting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you plan to short-cut this step, you had might as well go ahead and dump your money down the toilet. Trowel finishing closes the pores at the surface preventing stains, dyes, sealers or epoxies from being able to penetrate and bond. The only exception to this rule is when applying acid stains. Acid stains, if applied to a clean floor, will effectively open the surface enough to allow for bonding of most sealers. If acid stains are used, thoroughly neutralize the surface before any coating is applied. Surface must be clean, porous and dry before application of sealer!

    We carry a full line of floor grinding tools by Diamabrush for sale as well as for daily rental. These amazing diamond brushes fit most all standard floor machines readily available at your local rental center. They give both homeowners and contractors the ability to properly prep concrete floors without the huge expense of owning a planetary diamond grinder.
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  • Concrete Acid Stains

    - Also called reactive stains, these create a chemical reaction with the minerals in concrete. Acid staining produces the random mottled look of antique stone. Available in a variety of earth tones, these stains are permanent and require a sealer topcoat. Acids are not recommended for concrete over 7 years old, and cannot be used on previously sealed concrete.
    Shop and Compare Concrete Acid Stain...

  • Concrete Stains / Dyes

    - These are the latest technology in concrete coloring. They are available in more colors than the acids, and give more predictable results. Products will vary greatly depending on manufacturer. Some are water based while others are acetone based. UV stability will also vary depending on the type of pigment used. Most require a sealer topcoat. As mentioned above, dyes can also be combined with the Wakefield line of penetrating and permanent sealers.
    Shop and Compare Concrete Stains and Dyes...

  • Solid Color Sealer Stains

    - Available in a variety of colors, these solvent-based acrylic sealers are effective, economical and offer easy maintenance. They perform well in low-traffic applications, but should never be used if moisture or alkali problems are present in the concrete. Maintenance will depend on wear and traffic.
    Shop and Compare Acrylic Sealer Stains...

  • High Gloss Solvent Based Clear Acrylic Sealers

    - These sealers work well on most colored, stained or dyed concrete. They offer good protection for low-traffic applications and give excellent color enhancement. These solvent-based sealers are effective, economical and offer easy maintenance. This type sealer is readily available at most paint and home stores, unfortunately many are low grade products that will fail or turn yellow in a short time. Be sure to only use a premium pure acrylic. Acrylics are not recommended for use on commercial, industrial or garage floor applications. Maintenance will depend on wear and traffic.
    Shop and Compare Premium Pure Acrylic Sealers....

  • Water Based Clear Acrylic Sealers

    - These clear sealers are similar to the acrylics described above, but are not as durable as the solvent based sealers. They offer fair protection and will not darken concrete. Ok for areas with poor ventilation, but there are much better options.
    Shop and Compare Water-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealers...

  • Epoxy, Poly-Urea, High-End and Specialty Sealers

    - There are many other specialty products available for protecting and enhancing your concrete. These are your commercial and industrial quality products. They are usually the choice for garage floors and warehouse floors since they are much more durable and resistant to wear, chemicals, gasoline and hot tire pick-up. Choose based on your specific needs and desires.
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  • Permanent Sealers / Hardeners / Densifiers / Moisture Vapor Barriers

    - For interior concrete there are several different products available based on your needs. Simple hardeners or densifiers are mostly used when polishing bare concrete. They help with protection against oil, gas and other stains, while hardening the surface for easier polishing. As a rule, simple densifiers should not be top-coated.

    Other more advanced products such as InnerSeal can actually completely seal the concrete internally, stopping moisture and alkali from passing through the slab and attacking your sealer. In addition to sealing the pores, these products will actually increase the compressive strength of the concrete. They can also be used with various coloring options, including dyes that can be added directly to the sealer for a one step application of color,hardener and sealer! InnerSeal also has the unique ability to be top-coated with many different sealers, epoxies and flooring adhesives.
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Concrete Floor Stain Reviews
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Interior Concrete Product Comparison Chart
Concrete Stains for Interior Floors Concrete Acid Stain Acid Stain for Concrete Clemons Concrete Floor Dye Concrete Floor Dye Concrete Densifier and Dye Customizable Concrete Dyes Atomic Seal or Color Pure Acrylic Sealer and Stain Poly urea Color Flake Epoxy Garage Floor Garage Floor Epoxy

Concrete Sealers for Interior Floors Pure Acrylic Floor Sealer Matte Finish Concrete Sealer Premium Concrete Sealer Water Based Floor Sealer Industrial Epoxy Concrete Sealer Industrial Floor Coating Water Based Epoxy Water Based Urethane Moisture Cured Urethane Low VOC Concrete Sealer Concrete Moisture Vapor Barrier Sodium Silicate Densifier Lithium Silicate Concrete Densifier Water proof Concrete Sealer