I am a pretty big Home Depot shopper. I spend most of my time there Spring-Summer. The one thing I have learned though is if you have any questions about a product, you should go direct to the manufacturer and then back to Home Depot or HomeDepot.com to buy.
Home Depot is able to offer some technical advice when it comes to concrete sealers, but their employees can’t be expected to know everything about every product. Home Depot has thousands of products on their shelves, and the differences can between them can get quite technical. If you are considering a concrete or paver sealer from Home Depot, consider contacting the manufacturer with any technical questions before purchasing. The manufacturer is the best place to get accurate information about how to apply a product, how to maintain the product, and whether or not the product is compatible with what you already have down (if the concrete is currently sealed). Once you have the information you need, and once you have a feel for the level of customer service you will get from the manufacturer, you can then go back and purchase from Home Depot or HomeDepot.com. 90% of product failures are caused by choosing the wrong product, or not properly applying the product is prepped concrete.
Home Depot Acrylic Concrete Sealers Reviews
Acrylic concrete sealers are sealer that enhance concrete with a wet look, low gloss, or high gloss finish. The protective film left behind is also designed to protect concrete against deterioration caused by water absorption, surface abrasion, fresh and salt water pool systems, staining, and more.
Not all acrylic sealers are the same which is why you will find several differences in both quality and price. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing an acrylic concrete sealer:
- Lower end acrylic sealers, ranging from $75-150/pail, are typically made from imported and recycled resins. While these types of acrylic sealers are affordable and easy to come by, they aren’t designed tor long life or performance. This is because the chemicals used during the recycling process remain in the sealer and break down the sealer and many of the additives. Most lower end acrylics will need to be recoated every six months to a year. Higher end acrylics, ranging from $175-250/pail, are typically made from U.S. manufactured non-recycled resins. These products are made from the purest form of acrylics which is why they are able to last at least 1-2 years more, on average, than a lower end acrylic sealer. You will also find that most higher end acrylic sealers are available online only through HomeDepot.com.
- The type of acrylics is also very important. Acrylic lacquers are great sealers for cured concrete and pavers, and acrylic co-polymers are for uncured concrete. Acrylic latex sealers contain latex and are more of a paint than a sealer. Acrylic latex sealers should not be used. They aren’t breathable, stick to the concrete instead of bond to it, and often result in removal. The two best types of acrylic sealers are acrylic lacquer sealers and acrylic co-polymer sealers.
Top Rated Acrylic Concrete Sealers on Home Depot:
- Eagle High Gloss Sealer – Acrylic Co-Polymer Sealer (average 4.6 star review)
- Armor AR350 Wet Look Sealer – Acrylic Lacquer Sealer (average 4.8 star review)
- Armor AR500 High Gloss Sealer – Acrylic Lacquer Sealer (average 4.9 star review)
Home Depot Penetrating Concrete Sealers Reviews
Water repellent sealers are penetrating sealers that chemically react below the surface to form a hydrophobic barrier that causes water and other liquids to bead off the surface. Benefits:
- Water repellent sealers will reduce deterioration caused by water absorption such as cracking, spalling, and pitting.
- Water repellent sealers will reduce the formation of mold, mildew, and algae on the surface.
- Water repellent sealers will reduce the formation of efflorescence.
- Water repellent sealers will reduce staining caused by the absorption of water and other liquids on the surface.
- Water repellent sealers will reduce damage caused by freeze-thaw cycles and de-icing salts.
While many water repellent sealers over a similar set of benefits, there are several differences between them that contribute to differences in life and performance. There are silane sealers, siloxane sealers, silane-siloxane sealers, and siliconate sealers. To learn about the differences between them view the Best Water Repellent Sealers articles. In summary, Silane-Siloxane water repellent sealers are best for sealing all types of concrete and masonry, while siliconate water repellent sealers are best for sealing white or very light concrete.
Water Repellent Sealers Reviews:
- Armor SX5000 Concrete Sealer Review (average 4.8 star review)
- Eagle Natural Seal (average 4.0 star review)
- Thompson’s Water Seal (average 3.2 star review)
- Armor SC25 Concrete Sealer (average 5.0 star review)
Densifiers are penetrating sealers that chemically react below the surface to form a permanent crystalline barrier within the pores to increase the strength and density of the concrete. Densifiers are used to increase the surface strength of the concrete in order to reduce dusting and deterioration caused by surface abrasion. They are also used to reduce the movement of water and moisture through the pores. Sodium silicate concrete densifiers are best for use on porous concrete and lithium silicate sealers are best for use on dense concrete.
Sodium Silicate Densifiers:
- Armor S2000 Concrete Sealer Review (average 4.9 star review)
- RadonSeal Concrete Sealer Review (average 4.0 star review)
Lithium Silicate Densifiers:
- Armor L3000 Concrete Sealer Review (average 4.9 star review)