Penetrating sealers are designed to penetrate deep into the concrete, creating a protective barrier against moisture, stains, and chemicals. These sealers work by reacting chemically with the concrete, filling the pores and capillaries, thereby increasing its durability. The two most commonly used penetrating sealers are silane and siloxane sealers.
Silane sealers provide excellent protection against water and salt damage, making them ideal for regions with freeze-thaw cycles. They do not change the appearance of the concrete, allowing its natural beauty to shine through. Siloxane sealers, on the other hand, provide superior resistance against oil and chemical spills while enhancing the color and sheen of the concrete. They tend to require frequent application and struggle to preventing staining and marks left from hot tire.
Acrylic sealers are widely used for garage floors due to their affordability, ease of application, and versatility. These sealers form a protective film on the surface of the concrete, providing resistance against water, UV rays, chemicals, and abrasion.
Water-based acrylic sealers are non-toxic, emit low odor, and are easy to clean up. They are available in various finishes, including glossy, satin, and matte, allowing you to choose the desired aesthetic for your garage floor. Solvent-based acrylic sealers offer enhanced durability and resistance to hot tire pickup, making them suitable for high-traffic areas. These topical coatings, however, often leave an orange peel effect and they can yellow and flake off over time.
Epoxy coatings are an excellent choice for garage floors that require exceptional durability and protection. These coatings consist of a two-part system that includes a resin and a hardener. When mixed together, they create a chemical reaction that results in a strong, glossy, and seamless surface.
Epoxy coatings offer resistance against chemicals, oil stains, abrasion, and impact. They are available in a variety of colors and can be customized with decorative flakes or quartz aggregates for a unique look. While epoxy coatings require proper surface preparation and can be more time-consuming to apply, the long-lasting benefits make them a popular choice for garage floors. Some detractors of epoxy garage floors will complain that they can scratch too easily and often have a “plastic” look.
Polyurea coatings are a high-performance option for garage floors, known for their rapid curing time and exceptional durability. These coatings offer superior resistance against chemicals, abrasion, impact, and UV rays.
Polyurea coatings can be applied in a wide range of temperatures and exhibit excellent adhesion to the concrete surface. They are available in various finishes, from glossy to matte, and can be customized with decorative flakes or metallic pigments for a stunning appearance. The quick curing time of polyurea coatings allows for minimal downtime, making them an ideal choice for homeowners who want to minimize disruptions during the application process. Polyureas are somewhat challenging and unforgiving to apply. It is recommended that they only be applied by professionals with a lot of experience in their use.
RexPro makes a specialized category of glass-like hybrid coatings that both penetrate and provide a topical protective layer on concrete, tile and other solid substrates. These coatings are exceptionally hard and highly resistant to staining and corrosive chemicals.
RexPro Hybrid coatings are used in a variety of commercial, residential and industrial applications to repel abrasion, staining and corrosion of concrete. Though they are ultra-thin they do not scratch like epoxies, acrylics and urethane coatings. They are also fast curing so that occupants can begin to walk on them within 4 hours. They are typically a one coat application which also reduces the labor to install them.
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RexPro’s V-Shield sealer offers a simple and easy way to restore and polish no-wax vinyl floors in medical facilities, schools and supermarkets throughout the US. It will leave the vinyl with a more non-slip surface that is much harder than the original no-wax vinyl floor.