We carry a wide selection of sealers including penetrating sealers, impregnating sealers, and salt water resistant sealers that are ideal for protecting natural stone, tile, masonry, and concrete. We carry top sealer products from
Aqua Mix, Miracle Sealants, and StoneTech Professional.
Sealers protect surfaces from a range of potential problems including stains from liquids, mold, mildew, dirt, and grime. Choosing the correct sealer for your application will protect the installation and ensure the desired final look is achieved. Take into consideration the type of material being sealed, if it is an interior or exterior application, how much traffic the area will receive, and other specialty applications such as food preparations areas and around saltwater pools.
Both penetrating and impregnating sealers protect against stains by coating the material's pores with liquid repelling polymers. To penetrate into the pores of the material, a water-based or solvent-based carrier is used to distribute the polymers below the surface. As the carrier evaporates, the polymers are left behind, and once cured, will repel liquids, dirt, mold, and protect against other types of stains. Most penetrating and impregnating sealers are designed to leave a natural finish. However, some enhancing sealers offer a two-in-one formula that will not only enrich and deepen the colors, but also offer the protection of a penetrating sealer.
While all penetrating sealers will help to protect against water-based stains, not all are formulated to protect against both water-based and oil-based stains. For areas subject not only to water but also oils such as grease, cooking oil, and body oil, selecting a sealer that specifically protects against both types of stains will help ensure the installation longevity and ease of maintenance. Premium sealers are more expensive but will provide superior protection against stains and last longer than economical sealers.
Because solvent-based sealers have a smaller molecule size, they are often able to penetrate deeper than water-based sealers. This makes solvent-based sealers the best choice for hard to penetrate materials including dense granite, polished natural stone, and porcelain tile. Areas that are exposed to harsh elements such as sun, rain, snow, and ice will also benefit from a deeper penetrating, solvent-based sealer.
However, many solvent-based sealers also carry state VOC restrictions that vary by manufacturer. VOC regulations don't allow for gallon or larger size units to be shipped to those states (quarts and smaller sizes are OK). In this case, manufacturers offer comparable, premium water-based sealers that will perform very similarly. Click Here for complete information on VOC Restrictions.