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A guide to the benefits of using concrete coatings(90) and concrete sealers as part of repairs or rehabilitation projects

Concrete coatings and sealers are widely used by concrete experts in the UK; they’re an essential addition to any repairs or rehabilitation project and can be used on almost any building or structure. This week’s guide outlines the benefits of using concrete coatings and sealers. Just ask your contractor about concrete coatings during your free feasibility survey and cost analysis!

What does concrete sealer do?

Concrete is famously porous, and although it’s one of the hardiest building materials available, it can absorb water like milk to Weetabix. This depends on the extremity of the building or structure’s surrounding environment, of course (such as the temperature). One example is when concrete is exposed to `freeze-thaw` cycles; ice lays on top of the concrete and when it melts, the freezing cold water can pool and seep. Concrete coatings and sealers are incredible at protecting the integrity of your building or structure in extreme environments.

Here are more purposes of protective concrete coatings:

Protective coatings like concrete sealers are used to seal the concrete after application – and they can be used on hand-applied, poured, and wet and dry sprayed concrete.

Concrete sealers have many great properties. They:

  1. Protect concrete from stains, oils, and chemicals capable of causing discolouration or aesthetic damage (particularly important if you’ve got decorative concrete slabs, tiles, etc.)
  2. Keep concrete dry and maintains the integrity
  3. Protect from corrosion, weathering, rain, ice, snow, and other natural damages
  4. Act as an anti-carbonation shield (to stop carbon dioxide from entering the concrete, particularly in chemical environments)
  5. And more.

Kindly get in touch with our concrete repairs team to learn more about the excellent properties of concrete sealers. The best way is to call us on or if you’d like us to call you back, you can fill in our online form.

Will a waterproof coating on concrete prevent smells?(230)

Concrete coatings are often used to protect water tank housing, waste disposal areas, marine environments, and more. These locations can get pretty smelly, especially when stagnant rain and other substances are added to the mix. Concrete sealers and coatings (especially waterproof ones) stop water and residue from seeping into the concrete, and furthermore, this stops smells.

All about anti-carbonation coating for concrete(280)

In the world of concrete, carbon dioxide is seen as a contaminant (among other contaminants). This means that when carbon dioxide has the opportunity to sink into the substrates, it can cause a chemical reaction that affects the integrity (strength) of a concrete building or structure. Corrosion is the main worry when concrete experiences carbonation, often because the concrete is guarding a pivotal foundational asset like steel beams. Spalling of the concrete is another concern.

What is concrete sealer made of?

This all depends on what type of concrete sealer you use. Penetrating sealers are made of silane & siloxane(1), which work to form a watertight bond to protect against water and chemical seepage. You can also choose acrylic-resin sealers, polyurethanes, and epoxies.

Product recommendations: Which concrete sealer is best?

There are many concrete sealers and coatings on the market; to make it more confusing, there are 4 main types:

  1. Acrylic-resin/acrylic concrete sealer
  2. Penetrating sealers/penetrating concrete sealer: chemically-reactive
  3. Polyurethanes
  4. Epoxies

To learn more about the 4 types and their technical properties, watch ToolboxDIY’s fantastic YouTube video:

  • Ronseal `one coat` concrete seal(460)
  • Thompsons `one coat` concrete seal(380)
  • Eagle Premium Coat Exposed Concrete Sealer(46)

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When it comes to concrete sealing as a service, the abundance of product and application types really heightens the need to leave it to the experts. At CCUK, we offer a free feasibility survey and cost analysis prior to booking concrete sealing services as part of a concrete repairs project.

Concrete coating in heavy use areas(180)

Concrete sealers are compatible with most concrete repair and rehabilitation jobs, including:

  • Concrete flooring
  • Concrete slabs
  • Concrete tiles
  • Concrete water tanks
  • And more.

They are an ideal protective and surface preparation solution for `heavy use areas` like residential buildings, commercial complexes, and industrial settings like factories and warehouses. At CCUK, we specialise in the repair and rehabilitation of heavy use areas.

To learn more, kindly call our expert repairs team on 01482 425250 today.

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