Think of a concrete floor sealer as a protective layer that will improve its appearance, durability and longevity. Stain protection is the main reason for sealing concrete floors, especially in areas of your home or business where food and drink will be consumed. Pets may also cause damage to a concrete floors that can be prevented with sealant and wax. New concrete floors should be sealed after they completed, while existing concrete floors should be sealed every few years based on wear and tear. Properly sealed and maintained concrete (natural or stained) will give the same beautiful appearance for years to come. It is extremely durable, requires very little maintenance, and will likely outlast the home or business which surrounds it. The materials used to seal stained concrete include water-based sealers, waxes, alternative green sealers and solvent based sealers. Always make sure that the concrete contractor preforms tests on small areas, or shows you samples of what to expect.
If you like the natural look and color of regular standard grey concrete, we usually recommend sealing and waxing. It's our favorite look, and totally differs from project to project - every piece of concrete is original in it's coloring, textures, irregularities, and variations that occur naturally when the concrete dries and cures. And the best thing about finishing your existing concrete floors... usually most projects (like this basement floor pictured below) only take 2 days.
Here is an example of a natural concrete existing basement floor, that we simply sealed and waxed. It's an easy, cost effective flooring option that elevates the natural beauty that occurs already in concrete.
For more information on sealing, waxing or staining any interior or exterior concrete floors, decks, or surfaces, please contact MODE CONCRETE. We service Kelowna and the entire Okanagan Valley, in BC Canada.