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Understanding Concrete Sealers:  A Complete Guide to Choosing the Right Type

June 2, 2023

Step into a world where your concrete surfaces stand the test of time, exuding elegance and commanding admiration. The secret lies in choosing the right sealer—a decision that can make or break the longevity and allure of your concrete. Are you ready to leave your neighbours in awe, their eyes filled with envy? The power is in your hands to transform your ordinary concrete into a masterpiece that defies the passage of time.

Whether it’s your driveway, patio, or any other concrete surface, we’ve got you covered. Discover the crucial factors to consider, the benefits of each sealer type, and expert tips for application and maintenance.

By the end of this article, you’ll have the knowledge to make an informed decision and ensure your concrete surfaces withstand the challenges of time. Let’s dive in and unlock the potential of your concrete with the perfect sealer.

Penetrating Sealers: Enhancing Concrete from Within

In the realm of concrete protection. Penetrating sealers take centre stage, working their magic beneath the surface. These remarkable sealers penetrate deep into the concrete, forming a solid bond that shields it from within.

Characteristics of Penetrating Sealers

What sets penetrating sealers apart is their ability to penetrate the concrete. And they also create a protective barrier that is invisible to the naked eye. Unlike surface sealers that sit on top of the concrete, penetrating sealers work from within and enhance the concrete’s durability and last considerably longer than other sealers.

Suitable for All Seasons

If you need a breathable sealer that can withstand ever-changing weather patterns, then penetrating sealers would be the right choice for you. They offer excellent resistance against moisture and other environmental factors.

Whether it’s scorching summers or rainy winters, these sealers provide reliable protection all year round.

By choosing a penetrating sealer for your concrete surfaces. You can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your investment is well-protected, regardless of the weather conditions.

Film-Forming Sealers: Unleashing the Power of Surface Protection

When it comes to safeguarding your concrete surfaces, film-forming sealers can take the spotlight for specific applications. These sealers create a visible protective layer on the surface and protect your concrete from everyday wear and tear.

Characteristics of Film-Forming Sealers

Film-forming sealers work by forming a durable film on the surface of the concrete. This film acts as a barrier and protects the concrete from moisture, stains, and chemicals. It enhances the appearance of the concrete by providing a glossy or matte finish.

Versatility in Application

Film-forming sealers offer versatility in their application, making them suitable for various concrete surfaces, from driveways and walkways to patios and pool decks. These sealers offer reliable protection and add aesthetic appeal to your space.

Year-Round Protection

Living in Adelaide means facing a range of weather conditions, from scorching heat to heavy rains. Film-forming sealers are designed to withstand these challenges. They provide long-lasting protection against UV rays, moisture, and temperature fluctuations.

They are an excellent choice for homeowners and property owners looking for durable surface protection throughout the year.

By opting for a film-forming sealer for your concrete surfaces. You can unleash the power of surface protection and enjoy the benefits of enhanced durability and visual appeal.

Acrylic Sealers: Enhancing Concrete with Versatile Protection

When it comes to versatile protection for your concrete surfaces, acrylic sealers take centre stage. These sealers are a popular choice for both residential and commercial applications.

Characteristics of Acrylic Sealers

Acrylic sealers create a protective film on the surface of the concrete, shielding it from moisture, stains, and damage. This protects the concrete from getting wet, stained, or damaged.

These sealers stick well and keep the concrete safe for a long time. And the best part is they offer versatility in finish options – from shiny and glossy to a more natural matte look.  It’s like customising your concrete’s style!

Protection Against UV Rays

Acrylic sealers offer excellent UV resistance, protecting the concrete from the effects of the harsh sun’s rays.

By applying an acrylic sealer, you can ensure that your concrete surfaces maintain their colour and vibrancy for years to come.

Polyurethane Sealers: Uncompromising Protection for Concrete Surfaces

When it comes to uncompromising protection for your concrete surfaces, polyurethane sealers stand out as a top choice. They create a strong and tough layer on the concrete. This layer protects the concrete from getting all wet, stained, or damaged by chemicals.

What makes them Great

What makes them great is that these sealers can stretch and shrink along with the concrete when the temperature changes. This helps them stay in place without cracking. So, they can last a long time and keep the concrete looking good for years!

Joint Protection for Different Areas

Polyurethane sealers are also fantastic for protecting joints in different parts of buildings. They work great for sealing joints of rainwater collection pipes on roofs and in rain gutters, ensuring that no water leaks through. They also seal the joints between concrete blocks to keep them safe and protected from the weather.

Adelaide-Specific Considerations

In Adelaide’s climate, where hot summers and occasional heavy rains are common (more common lately). Polyurethane sealers offer excellent protection against moisture and temperature changes.

Silane Sealers: Effective Protection Against Moisture Damage

Silane sealers are a powerful solution for safeguarding concrete surfaces from moisture-related issues. They create a hydrophobic barrier that repels water and liquids.

Unlike other sealers, Silane sealers let the concrete “breathe” and help the moisture move through it smoothly.

Their Unique Characteristics:

They help stop common issues like white stains, chipping, and breaking. They are most used in places that experience freezing and thawing. Silane sealers work well in Adelaide’s changing weather, enduring the hot summer heat and occasional heavy rain.

By choosing Silane sealers, you ensure long-lasting protection for your concrete investment. Moreover, they keep it durable and resilient against moisture-related issues.

However If you’ve already selected the suitable sealer for your specific location but find yourself uncertain about whether your driveway requires a full repair or restoration, our guide on enhancing and renewing driveways will offer the clarity you seek. It  covers all the essential aspects of driveway repair and restoration, 


In conclusion, when it comes to protecting and enhancing your concrete surfaces. Understanding the different types of sealers is of utmost importance.

By selecting the right sealer, you can ensure longevity, durability, and aesthetic appeal for years to come. We have sealers that are manufactured to last from two to 15 years! Yes, 15 years.. It all depends on your budget and yes, these high quality sealers are NOT available at your local big green tool shed.. Space for products that give them more profit are only allowed my friends.. 

However, this being just the beginning of your journey, to make a more informed decision, we encourage you to consult professionals who can provide expert advice and guidance. You can call The Driveway Doctor for all your sealing needs, we’re here to help.


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