All Foundation Armor penetrating concrete sealers and acrylic concrete sealers are considered to be all weather concrete sealers because they are designed to withstand everything from cold New England temperatures to hot Arizona sun.
All Weather Water Repellent Concrete Sealers
If you are looking to seal your concrete without changing the look or color of the surface then you want a water repellent sealer. Water repellent sealers, like the Armor SX5000/SX5000 WB and Armor SC25, chemically react below the surface to form a water repellent barrier within the pores that reduce water absorption on the surface by up to 95%. Once fully cured, water repellent sealers will help to reduce damage, deterioration, and staining caused by water absorption such as freeze-thaw damage, salt damage, mold and mildew, and efflorescence. Water repellent sealers are the most common type of penetrating concrete sealer, and cold weather and hot weather will not cause them to prematurely break down.
- Armor SX5000: DOT approved solvent based Silane-Siloxane water repellent for concrete and masonry.
- Armor SX5000 WB: DOT approved water based Silane-Siloxane water repellent for concrete and masonry.
- Armor SC25: One-coat siliconate water repellent sealer for light or white concrete.
All Weather Acrylic Concrete Sealers
If you are looking for a wet look, low gloss, or high gloss finish then you want an acrylic concrete sealer. Acrylic concrete sealers will enhance the surface of the concrete, and protect it against deterioration caused by water absorption and surface abrasion. Foundation Armor acrylic sealers contain resins that are resistant to UV rays, cold weather, warm weather, and hot weather climates. UV rays will break down all acrylic sealers eventually, but Foundation Armor acrylic sealers have proven to outlast other acrylic sealers in independent side-by-side tests.
There are a few steps that can be done to ensure a better, stronger coating is formed on the surface:
1. Apply the acrylic concrete sealer in the late afternoon or early evening so that the concrete has had a chance to cool from exposure to the hot sun. Do not apply an acrylic concrete sealer in the morning because a) there may be morning dew present on the surface and b) the concrete will continue to heat up from exposure to the sun causing issues with bubbling.
2. Apply two coats of the acrylic concrete sealer and space the coats out by 24 hours. This will allow for the first coat to cure before adding a second coat so that the second coat will bond to the surface instead of being absorbed into the surface. This will create a stronger surface coating, and help to achieve a higher level of gloss.
3. Make sure the concrete is fully dry before applying the acrylic sealer. If a pressure washer was used, or if water was used in general, the concrete should be allowed at least 24 hours to dry.
All Weather Concrete Densifiers
Concrete densifiers are resistant to just about everything because once the sealer is applied, there is no sealer left. All that is left is the calcium silicate hydrate barrier that formed when the silicate sparked a chemical reaction with the free lime and calcium in the concrete.
Concrete densifiers are designed to increase the surface strength and density of the concrete. They are commonly used on new and old concrete, to help strengthen the concrete and reduce dusting and deterioration caused by surface abrasion. They will not repel water, stop water absorption, or enhance the concrete. Concrete densifiers should only be used to achieve an increase in surface strength and density.