Film Forming Sealers vs Penetrating Sealers

Non Slip Coating
Penetrating Concrete Sealer

FILM FORMING SEALERS

Film forming sealers create a protective film on your surface to protect it from moisture as well as regular wear and tear. They are also known as topical or surface sealers. Here are some of the benefits of a film forming concrete sealer:

  1. They bring out the beauty of your surface by enhancing and darkening its colour with a semi-gloss or gloss finish.
  2. They prevent contaminants such as dirt, oil, grease and chemicals from penetrating the surface, protecting it from damage as well as making it easier to clean and maintain.
  3. They are repellents preventing contaminant damage.
  4. They protect your surface from wear and tear and exposure to the elements.
  5. Fast-drying, especially water based with some being touch dry in as little as 20 mins.

There are three types of film forming concrete sealers:

  1. Acrylic Sealers – These are the most cost effective film-forming sealers and also the easiest to apply. They are available in water-based and solvent-based varieties.
  2. Urethanes – These are slightly thicker than regular acrylic sealers and offer good protection against chemicals and abrasive substances, as well as protection against scuffs and stains.
  3. Epoxies – These are generally used for interior installations. They are available in clear or pigmented variants. Epoxies consist of two components that must be mixed together before being painted on.

Substrates suitable for Film Forming Sealers are, (but not limited to): Concrete, Brick, Pavers, Decorative Stencil and Stamped Concrete.

PENETRATING SEALERS

Penetrating Sealers offer Non-Slip Protection!

Most hard surfaces are prone to foreign particles and pollutants. Like our skin, concrete and natural stone also has a pore system where dust particles and foreign spillage can seep through. These particles can be detrimental to your hard surfaces structure as times moves on. This can result in staining, cracking and breaks. For most homeowners, replacement can often be a financial burden.

One way to enhance the life expectancy of your surface is with the help of a penetrating sealer. A penetrating or impregnating sealer can prevent chemical damage and permanent staining by holding spills close to the surface. Penetrating sealers can make concrete floors through to granite counter tops more resistant to organic materials while still allowing the surface to breathe.

Here are some of the benefits of a penetrating natural stone or concrete sealer:

  1. Suitable for natural stone surfaces as it retains the natural look.
  2. Non-Slip, best for traffic-able areas where slip resistance is a concern.
  3. Suitable for (but not limited to): concrete, brick, pavers, grout, sandstone, limestone, granite, travertine, porcelain, slate and terracotta.
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