When we talk about concrete sealants vs concrete coatings, Minnesota clients are sometimes confused.
Aren’t those the same thing?
Sealants and coatings serve a very similar purpose, and the terms are often used interchangeably. In fact, another term for coating is “topical sealant”. But there are ultimately key differences in application, materials, and final results.
Let’s take a closer look at what exactly a concrete coating is.
Topical Concrete Coating (Sealant)
A concrete coating is a compound placed over a concrete surface, designed to protect it. Coatings sit on top of the concrete, like a film or external layer. This will give the concrete an altered appearance. Depending on the desire of the person and the type of coating used, a coating can be purposely used to visually enhance a concrete surface.
The Difference Between a Coating and a Penetrating Sealant
A penetrating sealant will generally leave the concrete surface looking about the same as it did without it. Additionally, as the name applies, a traditional penetrating sealant penetrates the concrete, rather than forming a film over it.
The Best Use for Concrete Coating in Minnesota
A concrete coating works great in places prone to surface spills, stains, and chemicals. It’s also an effective way to brighten up an otherwise dull concrete surface. For areas that are prone to underground moisture, a coating might not be the right choice.
A coating can be used in conjunction with a sealant, providing superior protection above and below.
Is Concrete Coating Right for You?
The most effective way to find the solution to your concrete situation is to sit down with a professional. There are a number of variables that factor into concrete treatment, including location, size, foot traffic, finances, aesthetics, and more.
At Artisan Concrete, we offer a wide variety of concrete services such as concrete coating to Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Either call us at 612-791-0441, or visit our contact page, and we can discuss your options.