Using Sealer to Prolong Your Brick and Concrete

You may not think that water cannot damage brick, stone, or concrete, but if these things are constantly exposed to water they can break down these surfaces. It is even the case, especially when water freezes and then thaws, that these surfaces can become damaged quite quickly. The best thing to do is to seal the surface of the masonry to protect it from water damage. There are quite a few types of sealers that are made just for this purpose. These sealers are easy to apply, the application does not take a lot of time, and you do not need any special equipment.

The key to protecting your masonry is to choose the right type of sealer. When you begin to shop for sealer you will soon see how many types you have to choose from. Many have the same properties and many can be simply different brand names of the same product. However there are a few types of products that have specific formulas for specific applications.

For many masonry surfaces, such as stone, brick, or ceramic tile, a masonry sealer is the best choice. Depending on the type of sealer there are some types that will work well on concrete slabs. These masonry sealers will penetrate into the surface pores and then seal them against moisture. In addition the sealer will protect it from things such as dirt, grease, and oil from building up on the surface of the masonry.

For concrete that has a tough finish there are specific concrete sealers that are the best choice. These types of sealers should not be used with brick or stone, but concrete waterproof sealers will deeply penetrate into the concrete’s surface, generally up to an inch on concrete that has not been sealed before. These sealers will form a barrier against moisture.

For specific applications there are also specific sealers. Concrete slabs that are subject to grease and oil regularly should be treated with specific sealers that will help make cleaning the surfaces easier. You can also get sealers that deal with masonry and concrete that is underwater, such as for pools and ponds.

Sealers will have different sheens to them and you can get them in the sheen that you prefer. They are all clear, but some of these sealers give a sheen that is flat and makes the surface looks unsealed. There are other types that give the surface a wet look. The amount of sheen will depend on how many coats of the sealer you apply. You can also find sheens of semi-gloss that will give your masonry a look in between unfinished and glossy. Whatever type of look you are going for on your masonry you will be able to find it. No matter what type of sealer you choose it is important that you use it to better protect your masonry.