Concrete sealing service

Seal your brand new or or existing concrete surface to prevent contaminants from penetrating the surface. Concrete sealing will;

  • Protect your concrete from spills
  • Make your concrete easier to clean
  • Protect concrete from the weather
  • Bring out the colour & texture
  • Sealant choices for different needs
  • Makes long term maintenance easier

Why should you get your concrete sealed?

It’s a little bit like getting your car paint polished and then adding a sealant over the top to preserve that look for as long as possible.

You can seal brand new concrete or existing concrete slabs that are either indoors or outdoors.

Mark's industry based professional advice

The cheapest way to give a home or business a good looking concrete floor is to grind it and then put a high quality sealant over it. If you dont have the budget for a fully polished concrete floor then this is a good alternative.

If it is done properly with the right surface preparation it will be stronger and last longer than alternative floor covering options.

We can also re-seal existing slabs that are marked or scratched. A lot of our work in Melbourne is repairing existing floors that weren't done properly the first time.

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Scratched concrete floor that needs re sealing

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“…We were extremely pleased with all aspects of Mark’s work on the polished slab in our house renovation. He has a professional attitude, extreme attention to detail and exhibits a high level of skill….”

When should you consider concrete sealing?

Not all concrete slabs need to get sealed, it is pretty common for flooring surfaces in Melbourne to just be a concrete slab that has been finished off with a simple texture. This is very normal for car garages, warehouses or even backyard outdoor areas leading off a driveway. It looks and feels like everyday cement and for garage areas you’ll sweep it and notice cement dust collecting in the broom. You would consider sealing concrete when you are using it outdoors around a pool area, for retail showrooms, cafes or indoor living spaces when you want to preserve the look, improve the longevity of the floor and bring out its natural colour. 

 

Generally speaking people will get concrete sealing in Melbourne when they have their concrete polished. It’s a little bit like getting your car paint polished and then adding a sealant over the top to preserve that look for as long as possible. You can do this for brand new concrete or existing slabs that are either indoors or outdoors. Depending on the condition of the slab it may need to be grinded first to take away any imperfections and prepare it ready to be sealed. It is possible that without this extra layer of protection the concrete can absorb moisture and may begin to crack, spall, flake or discolour as it ages.

What type of concrete sealers can we apply?

If you want to keep either decorative or polished concrete looking its best over a long period of time then you have to use a high quality sealant that will protect it from grime, spills, and weathering to reduce its wear rate. 

This is even more important for high value real estate properties, commercial, retail or industrial building sites in Melbourne that have lots of use, lots of foot traffic or even machinery or furniture on them. 

There are normally two options to choose from film forming and penetrating and each have their own benefits that suit different applications. We can provide a free over the phone consultation to work out what you may need, the costs to get concrete sealing in Melbourne or even a site inspection if required.

Film forming sealers

Film-forming sealers, also known as surface-coating or topical sealers, coat the entire surface. The sealer adheres to the pores of the concrete and sits on top of the surface creating a protective layer. 

They offer excellent protection from moisture and spills, are highly durable, and are easy to maintain and reapply. There are three types of film-forming sealers, each designed for a specific purpose outlined below.

Acrylic sealers

Acrylic sealers are commonly used for general protection from dirt and grime in both indoor and outdoor applications. They form a thin layer of protection on the concrete surface. 

Acrylic sealers are easy and quick to apply and tend to be the more cost-effective option, however due to their thin layer of protection they can wear more easily and require re-coating. 

Available in both water-based and solvent-based formulations, they also come in a variety of sheen levels to enhance the surface colour, stamped pattern, or exposed aggregate.

Penetrating sealers

Penetrating sealers retain a natural-looking finish whilst protecting the concrete surface from water, stains and contaminants. These sealers penetrate into the capillaries of the concrete to form a long-lasting, durable barrier of protection against water-borne pollutants and salts getting into the concrete. 

Penetrating sealers are often used in indoor and outdoor applications for concrete, porous natural stone or even concrete pavers.You can get different types of penetrating sealers to suit various scenarios;

  • General Purpose – Ideal for using on large commercial or industrial concrete areas to provide a good level of protection from general grime and spills
  • Substrate Colour Enhancement – is the ideal choice that can bring out the colour of the concrete whilst providing protection from contaminants or stains.
  • Stain Blocking – used in public areas, alfresco dining spaces and food service areas where there is a need for oil and staining resistance to food or drink spills.
  • Industrial Protection – is pretty heavy duty and will offer protection for industrial concrete substrates to prevent and assist dusting, wear and staining from oils or greases in factories or mechanic workshops.

Sealants for indoor or outdoor use

You might be building a new house that will have an indoor and outdoor living space connected with a bi fold door. In these situations we would discuss some different options that may be suitable to seal your concrete that is relative to where it is situated. 

For your outdoor concrete or exposed aggregate a good concrete sealer or exposed aggregate sealer is normally recommended vs a film-forming product for safety reasons, but also because the end result will last longer and look more realistic when viewed in natural light. 

You will read online that nearly every flooring contractor in Melbourne will recommend that all types of exterior concrete should be sealed including plain concrete, exposed aggregate, stamped concrete, stained concrete, integrally coloured concrete, stencilled concrete, engraved concrete and overlays. 

Its true that some property owners think this is a profit maximising technique that the industry uses, but the reality is concrete is essentially bonded sand and it will wear over time, so adding a layer to protect this will extend the life of the flooring area.

How much does concrete sealing cost

We specialise in working on concrete floor areas in Melbourne that are between 50m2 and 1000m2 in size for homes, retail stores, showrooms, industrial or commercial areas. 

The cost to get concrete sealing in Victoria is very affordable compared to other options. For example we would normally do a concrete grind and seal which will cost between $50 and $75 per metre depending on the sealant type & job site.

You might be considering the use of another flooring material to put on top of the cement like carpet, tiles, outdoor pavers or stencil concreting in Melbourne but you have to compare the potential cost elements;

  1. How much does it cost to purchase the raw materials?
  2. What is the freight cost to have the materials delivered to you?
  3. What is the cost to prepare the surface area to be used?
  4. How much does it cost to have the materials layed?
  5. Do you have to then treat the materials once they are installed & how often does this need to be done again?
 

What you will very quickly discover is that grinding and sealing your existing concrete is a more cost effective choice, if not cheaper, than getting carpets, outdoor paving, floorboards or tiling. The cost calculation gets even more complicated when you consider that some of these materials need to be treated regularly to maintain their finish e.g a timber deck should be re-stained regularly.

 

For example getting indoor tiles layed might cost around;

  • $35-$120 per square metre depending on their level of experience
  • $20-$28 per square metre for simple standard ceramic tiles or ($60-$160 for porcelain or artisan tiles)
  • $40-$80 per square metre to have them sealed if required
  • $200 to $500 in local delivery fees

 

assuming the floor area is flat the cost to lay tiles might sit between $90 and $250 per square metre which will potentially be more expensive that just using your concrete slab.

 

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