Concrete Floor Sealers – Industrial Warehouse and Commercial Grade Floor Sealers
Here at Concrete Flooring Solutions, we have a brilliant team of experts who completely know their field. After years of experience in this industry, our experts have the knowledge to complete their jobs in the most cost-efficient, fast, and least invasive routes possible. When it comes to completing our jobs, we always ensure that it is completed in a COVID secure way – meaning you don’t have to worry about any possible exposure whilst we complete our work.
As Constructionline Gold member tradespeople, our experts at Concrete Flooring Solutions aim to bring you stunning results for every project. Indoor concrete floor sealers, concrete floor paints, concrete floor paint sealers, external concrete floor sealers, and industrial concrete floor sealers can all be installed in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible for your benefit.
Are you interested in our expertly installed concrete sealers for your commercial, domestic, or industrial needs? For a free online quotation, contact us today.
The Importance of Sealing Concrete Floors
Every concrete floor needs to be sealed. No matter where your concrete floor is situated, whether it’s for an office, kitchen, or warehouse floor, concrete flooring sealers are important for a huge range of reasons. Preventing mould, maintaining the floor’s colour, or just increasing the overall durability of your floor – concrete floor sealers provide a wide range of benefits that are highly recommended to you, as the owner of an unsealed concrete floor. Below, we explain the main benefits of sealing concrete floors, and why you should book our services to install the best concrete floor sealers.
One of the main reasons to seal concrete floors is to prevent mould. Did you know that if concrete floors are not properly sealed, or if they aren’t sealed at all, moisture can become trapped within the porous surface of the concrete – causing bacteria and mould to manifest and grow, causing an unsightly concrete floor; and potential health problems if it grows to a certain extent. Proper sealing with a concrete floor moisture sealer prevents any mould from potentially growing as any moisture that does appear will not be able to penetrate the surface. This means that, with the application of a concrete floor water sealer, damp proof concrete floors will stay looking better, for far longer.
In order to avoid paying out more money by replacing damaged concrete floors, the most cost-effective route is to install preventative measures such as our internal concrete floor sealers. As well as preventing cracking and scaling, our exterior concrete floor sealers will protect your floors from any potential damage caused by the elements and the unpredictable British weather.
No matter how frequently your concrete floors are used, our interior concrete floor sealers are also able to ensure the longevity of internal floors – protecting them from the wear and tear caused by frequent use, and extending their lifespan for up to 30 years.
We also provide warehouse concrete floor sealers, for use in industrial settings, to protect against damage caused by oil spills, and chemicals.
If you have a coloured exterior concrete floor, or know someone who does, you may have noticed that the colour has faded over the years after it was completed. This is because the UV rays from the sun bleaches the surface of certain materials, including concrete. This is part of the reason why roads become grey instead of the fresh black surface you see after being tarmacked. In order to maintain the colour of your brand-new coloured concrete floor, our external concrete floor sealer can keep your concrete floors looking clean and sharp for a longer period of time.
Types of Concrete Floor Sealer
Silane and siloxane sealers
This type of sealer is best for those who don’t want to change the look of their floor. Silane and siloxane are penetrating sealers that penetrate into the concrete itself, forming a chemical barrier that protects your floor against moisture. It also helps to retain your favoured matte grey colour of the concrete. Silane and siloxane sealers typically last over 20 years, and are most effective in protecting the floor against stains and general wear and tear.
This type of sealant is mainly for use over the top of other sealers. Polyurethane sealers provide UV protection that prevents yellowing, and are available as high gloss concrete floor sealers, or gloss finishes, for added style. They also usually sit as a thin top layer on top of a layer of epoxy sealant.
Acrylic sealers sit on top of the concrete floor, and are typically used to seal interior floors. This kind of sealant is easy to apply, but they aren’t as effective at protecting the floor against grease and oil stairs as other sealers.
Though epoxy sealers are typically more durable than acrylic sealers, this sealer also sits on top of the concrete. Epoxy sealers are more effective at protecting your floor against stains caused by oil and grease, but they can be difficult to apply if you aren’t a professional.
Looking to Seal Your Floor Yourself?
If you’d rather go for the DIY route, we can help with that too. There are multiple steps when it comes to sealing a concrete floor, including the preparation of the floor prior to laying the sealant. If you’d rather skip doing it yourself, we’d be more than willing to complete this job for you – simply contact us today.
If you’re certain that you want to try your hand at doing this yourself, take a look below.
- Preparation of Your Concrete Floor:
This step can be a process that takes longer than sealing the floor itself. If you want the job done properly, this effective and thorough preparation is an extremely important step. To prepare your concrete floor for sealing, you must:
- Completely clear the room that you want to seal.
- Remove the skirting boards from walls by using a putty knife.
- Sweep up / vacuum and remove any debris and dust from the floor.
- Ventilate the room by opening all windows possible.
- Degrease the floors with a degreasing product.
- Scrub away any oil from floors with a wire brush.
- Rinse the concrete with a wet mop.
- Allow time for your floors to completely dry.
- Fill in any cracks in the concrete with concrete filler.
You can now start the process of applying your chosen concrete floor sealer.
- Application of the Concrete Floor Sealer:
1. Read the instructions
Every concrete floor sealer has different properties, and behaves differently from the other. Because of this, you must thoroughly read through the instructions provided on the container in order to attain the best quality for your project. This is also where you’ll find the best temperature and humidity recommendations for the application of the sealer.
2. Ventilate the room
Unless you’re working outside, ensure that there is enough ventilation in the room that you’re working in by opening as many windows as possible. An outside-facing fan also works to encourage the movement of air from the room to the outside.
3. For epoxy sealants, combine both parts
Epoxy sealants usually come in two different containers. Per the instructions – mixing the smaller container into the bigger container, and mixing them with a mixer, before application ensures that the solution works correctly. You should only mix when you’re completely ready to start the application process as you’ll only have approximately one hour to get the epoxy laid before it sets.
4. Divide the room for ease of application
In order to prevent getting stuck on a small island on the opposite side of the room, or having to walk on wet sealant, we recommend plotting a route, starting with the least accessible section, to begin working your way out to the exit.
5. For the edges, use a paintbrush
When it comes to sealing the edges of the room, you’ll want to avoid any gaps that make your floor look wonky. By using a paintbrush that is between 5.1cm and 7.6cm, you can apply the sealant along the edges of the floor where the paint pad or rolling brush may not reach.
6. Apply the sealer using a roller brush or paint pad
Pour some sealant into a painting tray, then dip your roller brush or paint pad into the sealant. If you elect to use a roller brush, make sure you roll the brush evenly in the paint to ensure you get an equal coverage.
Use the roller or pad to apply a thin coating of sealer along the edge you’ve already painted. Continue applying the sealer across the floor, until it is completely covered. In order to achieve a uniform look across the entire floor, always carry on from a wet edge.
7. To achieve a smooth and even finish, the application of a second coat is essential. Apply this coat at right angles to the first one to ensure better coverage of the sealant across the floor.
After this, allow the sealant dry as per the time indicated on the sealant container – this can take up to a few days.