Basement floor paint is very popular because it is inexpensive to buy, and easy to apply. For years, that is what you used if you wanted to seal your basement floor. Times have changed though, and there are better options than paint for your basement floor.

The problem with basement floor paint is that it is paint. When surface abrasion, or below-surface moisture causes the paint to flake and fell you need to touch it up. Have you seen pictures of a touched up painted floor? You see every area that you have ever fixed. It looks good at first, but in 5-10 years you are going to have to rip it all up and start all over again. Another issue is paint is not breathable, it traps moisture. Moisture trapped below the surface will cause mold and mildew, deterioration of the concrete from within the pores, efflorescence, and eventually issues with the paint. Before painting your basement floor, consider the options listed below.

If you want a product that is cost effective, easy to apply, comes in clear or a color, and is VERY easy to maintain, you want to go with an acrylic, or acrylic based sealers. Products like the Armor AR350, Armor AR500, and Armor AX25 are designed to reduce moisture while allowing the concrete to breathe. When the time comes to reapply the coating in high traffic areas you simply put more down. Once dry, you won't be able to tell the area that was repaired because it blends together nicely. If you want something a little more industrial that stops even more moisture, but still remains slightly breathable, you can go with an epoxy or a Urethane, like the Armor UTN60. The problem with industrial coatings is you need to screen sand the area before applying touchups. Not a bad or hard process, but it requires a little extra work.

If you want to reduce dusting, reduce moisture, and reduce dampness but don't want a coating, you can go with a combination of sealers. Sealers work entirely below the surface without changing the look or color of the concrete. If down the road you decide you want a color, you can put down most paints, or an acrylic sealer with ease. If you want to use sealers you will start with a Densifier like the Armor S2000 or Armor L3000. These products will increase the strength and density of the concrete, reduce the movement of water and moisture, and reduce dusting by increasing surface strength. Once cured you would follow with the application of the Armor SX5000 or Armor SX5000 WB which are designed to reduce up to 3 LBS of moisture. They will also protect the concrete by reducing the growth of mold and mildew, reducing deterioration caused by water and moisture absorption, and reduce staining by causing water and other liquids to bead off the surface.

There are several alternatives to basement floor paint, but at the end of the day you need to go with what meets your needs and budget.


Armor SX5000 Penetrating Silane Siloxane Concrete Sealer and Masonry Water Repellent (5 GAL)

Armor AR350 Solvent Based Acrylic Wet Look Concrete Sealer and Paver Sealer (5 GAL)

Armor AR500 Solvent Based Wet Look High Gloss Acrylic Concrete Sealer and Paver Sealer (5 GAL)

Armor UTN60 Oil and Gas Resistant Aliphatic Urethane Concrete Floor Coating

5 GAL Armor S2000 Concentrated Sodium Silicate Concrete Densifier Sealer and Surface Hardener

Armor SC25 Siliconate Water Repellent Concrete Sealer with Salt Guard (1 GAL)