If you have concrete floors or surfaces in your home, commercial building, or outdoor spaces then a concrete sealer is a necessity. When concrete surfaces are not sealed, they can be prone to chipping, cracking, and other forms of damage. 

There are many concrete sealers available on the market for homeowners to buy at your local hardware store. We know, sealing concrete sounds like an easy job but as professionals in concrete sealer in Ohio we have seen this DIY go wrong one too many times. 

For a guarantee the job is done right the first time, call our team at Select Flooring Systems. If you decide to go for the DIY concrete sealer watch out for these common mistakes. 

Skipping Prep

Many times when people go to seal their concrete they don’t take the time needed to prepare the concrete. This prep work often includes cleaning, maybe even scrubbing any dirt, grime, and stains that have accumulated on your concrete surfaces. Use a hard-bristled scrub brush to remove all the grime that won’t come off with simple washing. 

Additionally, you must take the time to fill cracks and holes with patching material before you attempt to seal. 

Skipping these steps and leaving dirt, debris, and cracks in your concrete will impede the sealer from actually adhering to your concrete surfaces

Choosing the Wrong Sealer

You will find there are a lot of different options when it comes to concrete sealers in Ohio. You will need to choose a finish: shiny, glossy, matte.

You will also need to select the right sealer for your application. It’s not the best idea to run into the hardware store and grab the first or cheapest bucket of sealer you see. Some sealers are better suited for indoor use while others are great for outdoor. Sealers are also made based on what you are trying to repel so an outdoor patio may need a different sealer than a greasy garage. 

Poor Application

Now that you have moved on to the actual application of the concrete sealer you must be careful to apply it evenly, it dries quickly and there is very little room for error. A common error we see is homeowners apply their sealer too thick, this affects the time it takes to dry and ultimately can ruin the seal you are trying to create. We recommend applying multiple thin layers over trying to get it done with one thick layer. 

Working Without Protection

Concrete sealer is a chemical-based product and should be treated with caution. If you are sealing your concrete on your own be sure to wear heavy-duty work clothes, gloves, and goggles. A mask is also necessary to protect your lungs from harsh chemicals. 

Bring in The Concrete Sealing professionals

When you leave concrete sealing to the pros, you get expert surface crack repair, complete stain removal, top-of-the-line products, and careful, meticulous application. You don’t have to worry that you’re wasting money on the wrong sealer and applying it incorrectly. 

Select Flooring Systems offers concrete sealing services so you don’t have to waste your time and money attempting a DIY. For quick service and great results contact our team of professionals in concrete sealer in Ohio today.