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Why you should use a water-based same day concrete sealer

When new concrete is poured it starts the curing process and depending on the conditions, your new concrete may crack or get stained before you have waited 28 days for the concrete to cure and apply a sealer.

While there are solvent-based same-day sealers, they are toxic and generally only last for a month before you need to use a longer-term sealing solution.

Your “green” concrete needs a guardian: a water-based same-day concrete sealer. Unlike its traditional counterparts, this innovative solution offers a game-changing approach to protecting and enhancing your concrete right from the get-go as it not only functions as a sealer but also as a concrete curing aid.

What does this mean? Your concrete may have done a great job of supplying, placing and finishing your concrete, however, he will leave as soon as the job is done. The concrete may look perfect on the day of the pour, but as it cures there is a risk of dry-shrinkage cracks forming because the concrete dried too quickly. What the water-based self-crosslinking sealer does is reduce the rate of evaporation from the concrete by approximately 75% thereby allowing the concrete to cure more slowly and therefore also reducing the risks of the concrete cracking.

So, why choose a water-based same-day sealer for your concrete? Let’s look at the benefits:

Early Protection:

Time is of the essence when it comes to protecting fresh concrete. Traditional solvent-based sealers require waiting periods of 28 days or more, leaving your concrete exposed to the elements. A water-based same-day sealer, like B883 Sealer from Barefoot Concrete, however, can be applied on the day the concrete is poured, as soon as it is hard enough to walk on, and can still be wet.

This means your concrete can start being protected within the first few hours after pouring, forming a protective barrier against:

  • Moisture damage: Rain and even puddles can wreak havoc on curing concrete. The sealer is breathable, allowing the concrete to breathe and cure properly and also reducing the risk of efflorescence (mineral deposits) and spalling (delamination).
  • Stains and spills: Any substance can cause stains, from mud and first, to leave, food and drinks, and oil and grease, the world is full of potential stain culprits. The sealer creates a stain-resistant surface, making accidental spills easier to clean and helping to prevent permanent discolouration. Note that it is stain-resistant, sealers generally can’t prevent every stain but they can minimize the risk of staining.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) rays: Even new concrete faces the damaging effects of the sun. The sealer acts as a sunscreen, shielding the concrete from UV degradation, which can lead to fading, cracking, and increased brittleness.
  • Abrasion and wear: Foot traffic, furniture, and everyday use can quickly damage unsealed concrete. The sealer helps to strengthen the wear-resistant layer, extending the lifespan and maintaining the pristine look of your concrete surfaces.

Healthier Choice, Happier Planet:

Traditional solvent-based sealers often contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like Xylene that contribute to air pollution and pose health risks. In contrast, water-based same-day sealers are:

  • Low-VOC or VOC-free: This creates a safer environment for applicators and residents, children and pets, or those suffering from allergies or breathing issues like asthma. Using a water-based sealer is particularly beneficial in enclosed spaces.
  • Non-flammable: Unlike solvent-based products, they pose no fire hazards, enhancing safety during application and storage.
  • Water-based: Using water as the primary solvent reduces dependence on harmful chemicals and minimizes environmental impact.
  • Concentrated: The B883 Sealer is concentrated and can be diluted 1:4, making up another 4 pails, making it a very cost-effective solution.

Efficiency and Ease of Use:

Sealer same-day saves time and increases the efficiency of the process. Here’s how water-based same-day sealers streamline the process:

  • Quick application: Forget waiting weeks, apply the same day, saving time and protecting the concrete from day one.
  • Easy cleanup: Soap and water are all you need to clean up spills and tools, eliminating the need for harsh solvents.
  • Single-coat effectiveness: Many water-based sealers offer exceptional performance with just one coat, reducing application time and material costs. However, applying two coats is even better!
  • Improved workability: With it being a concentrated product, B883 Sealer penetrates the concrete and can cover up to 500m2 of new concrete on day one.

Versatility Unbound:

Beyond the initial protection, water-based same-day sealers offer long-term benefits:

  • Enhanced durability: They strengthen the concrete surface, increasing its resistance to cracks, chips, and erosion, reducing maintenance needs in the long run.
  • Aesthetic appeal: Leaves the concrete with a more natural feel. Add colour tints to personalize your concrete and create a unique visual appeal.
  • Wide applicability: These sealers are suitable for various concrete surfaces, including driveways, patios, walkways, pool surrounds, paths, burnished concrete, garage floors, and even interior floors.

Choosing the Right Sealer:

With a plethora of options available, selecting the right water-based same-day concrete sealer is crucial. Consider factors like:

  • Desired finish: Choose based on your aesthetic preferences and intended use.
  • Traffic exposure: High-traffic areas require sealers with enhanced wear resistance.
  • Climate: Some sealers offer better resistance or UV protection depending on your local conditions.
  • Specific needs: Does your project require stain resistance, colour enhancement, or a specific level of waterproofing?
  • Brand reputation and product certifications: Opt for reputable brands with proven performance and certifications for quality and safety.

Sealing the Deal:

By choosing a water-based same-day concrete sealer, you’re not just protecting your freshly poured concrete; you’re making a responsible choice for your health, the environment, and your budget.

With its quick application, enhanced protection, and long-lasting performance, this innovative solution transforms green concrete into a beautiful, durable, and sustainable feature, ready to serve you for years to come.