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The Benefits of Sealing a Floor
Although, concrete may provide a heavy-duty and durable surface, due to its porous nature it also readily absorbs all sorts of spills. Any number of chemicals and spills can mark the surface of the concrete and make it look old and dirty. In areas of heavy traffic where concrete flooring is used, abrasion, pock marking and cracking is also extremely common.
It’s astonishing just how much value is lost off a property by unprotected hard surface damage. Sealing a floor will provide a barrier against the absorption of damaging chemical spills such as oil, brake fluid, salt water, and staining liquids such as coffee, juices and wine in both outdoor and indoor living and dining areas.
Sealing the surface prevents water and dirt from getting into the concrete that causing dirty discolorations and build-up of molds and mildew. Unsealed hard surfaces will eventually create a musty and stale odor which can penetrate the whole building. Aside from this in colder climates, water absorbed into concrete will expand when it freezes causing the concrete to crack and crumble under the pressure. Smooth-looking concrete surface will now look pockmarked and cracked.
Sealing a floor adds an aesthetic value to unpolished concrete. There is no need to paint, add carpet or wooden floors to change the beauty of your floors. Sealing will add character to the finished floor. The gloss added to your floors will highlight the quality and authenticity of your concrete floors. Because of the gloss produced, light will reflect on your floors thus reducing the need for many lights. It can reduce your utility bills! Luster and shine will also add that modern and urban look to your floors.
If you have an unfinished hard surface or concrete floor – whether it’s in your workshop, garage or even your outdoor patio and around the pool – you should be seriously considering having it professionally sealed.
The benefits to sealing concrete floors include a healthier and cleaner environment; reduced lighting needs; an amazingly improved appearance, a significantly lengthened lifespan of your concrete and significant value-added to your home or building.