Best Concrete Sealers
Concrete sealers play a major role in strengthening and protecting concrete works. A number of concrete sealants are now available, including gum resins, linseed oil, silicon derivatives and film formers such as acrylics, urethanes and epoxies.
Film-former sealants containing solvent-based acrylics are the best choice for sealing surfaces in the case of outdoor applications, as these allow easy escape of moisture. If working with heavyweight concrete blocks, urethanes and epoxies are the most suitable.
Epoxy sealers are ideal for industrial environments, concrete countertops, and food preparation areas since it can form a thicker and tougher film for chemical resistance. Significant types of epoxies are epoxy penetrating sealers and water-based epoxy sealants, which are used in marine applications. For maintaining concrete durability in highways, epoxy-based sealers coated with steel are used. In order to provide an abrasive-resistant finish to commercial areas, urethane sealers are the best. Urethanes can last five to eight years and epoxies up to 15 years.
Concrete penetrating sealants such as silane, siloxane, and siliconate are the most excellent alternatives to treat concrete structures and parking garages affected by deterioration and acid rain. The main advantage of penetrating sealants is that they penetrate into the capillaries of the concrete surface and safeguard the concrete from stains, abrasions, and other harmful factors.
Best concrete sealers must be environmentally safe. They should also have the ability to form an impenetrable barrier to protect concrete surfaces from bacteria, fungus, and corrosive materials such as acids and salts. Further, these should not alter the surface appearance of concrete surfaces. The durability of a sealer depends on the wear and tear of the surface, the maintenance schedule, and the use of appropriate chemicals. It is best to avoid harsh chemicals and cleaners.
In the US, there are a number of local hardware and online stores to provide the latest as well as the best in concrete sealers.
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|DURAL 340 SL and DURAL 340 NS
|two-component, 100% solids, semi-rigid epoxy joint fillers.
|DURAL 340 SL & NS are available in a Standard Grey color and a Neutral Base, that can be colored with EUCLID UNIVERSAL COLOR PACKS.
|a two-component, 100% solids semi-rigid epoxy for filling control and construction joints in industrial concrete floors.
|This product supports the joint edges and reduces spalling of the edges caused by wheel traffic. EUCO 700 has been designed for use in compliance with ACI 302 recommendations for epoxy joint fillers used in control and construction joints. EUCO 700 is available in Standard Gray and a Neutral Base, that can be colored with EUCLID UNIVERSAL COLOR PACKS; available in 33 standard colors.
|EUCO QWIKJOINT 200
|a fast-setting, semi-rigid polyurea used for filling control and construction joints in industrial concrete floors.
|EUCO QWIKjoint 200 represents a new generation of polyurea technology with features and benefits unlike any other polyurea joint filler on the market. Among these benefits are a super-fast set time and an extended shave time: EUCO QWIKjoint 200 can be trimmed flush with the floor immediately after placement or up to 24 hours later. EUCO QWIKjoint 200 supports and protects joint edges from heavy loads and wheel traffic, reducing spalling of the joint edges.
|EUCO QWIKJOINT UVR
|a new generation of polyurea technology with features and benefits unlike any other polyurea joint filler on the market.
|EUCO QWIKJOINT UVR resists fading from ultraviolet light greater than any existing product. It is a fast-setting, semi-rigid polyurea, primarily used for filling construction and control joints in industrial and commercial concrete floors. EUCO QWIKJOINT UVR can be shaved flush with the floor shortly after placement or up to 24 hours later. EUCO QWIKJOINT UVR supports and protects joint edges from heavy loads and wheel traffic, reducing spalling of the joint edges. EUCO QWIKJOINT UVR is available in a variety of colours and in a Neutral Base, that can be coloured on site with EUCLID UNIVERSAL COLOR PACKS.
|a single-component, low-modulus, moisture-cure, self-leveling, polyurethane joint sealant.
|Eucolastic 1SL is formulated to be extremely durable in dynamic joints. It provides superior wear resistance to rubber tires and pedestrians in high traffic areas.
|single-component, fast drying liquid primer
|that prepares non-porous surfaces for the application of Eucolastic 1NS and Eucolastic 1SL. EUCOLASTIC PRIMER imparts a surface finish which is very receptive to urethane sealants.
|TAMMSFLEX NS/TAMMSFLEX SL
|two-part, elastomeric, polysulfide caulking and sealing compounds.
|TAMMSFLEX cures at normal temperatures creating a tough elastomeric seal that adheres tenaciously to masonry, metal and wood. TAMMSFLEX will withstand repeated expansion and contraction and remain resilient through daily and seasonal cyclic changes in temperature. TAMMSFLEX has excellent chemical, solvent, and water resistance and will withstand joint movement of up to ±25%.