- Concrete Maitenance Home
- Cleaning and Sealing Exterior Concrete: A Guide to Maintaining and Caring for Exterior Decorative Concrete of All Types
- Sealing Plain Concrete
- Sealing Colored Concrete
- Sealing Exposed Aggregate Concrete
- Sealing Joints
- Tips for Cleaning Exterior Concrete
- How to Maintain Concrete Floors
- Six Common Questions about Concrete Floor Sealers
- Protecting Acid-Stained Floors
- Watch Videos on Maintaining and Sealing Concrete Floors, with Bob Harris
- How to Maintain Concrete Countertops
- Countertop Sealer Overview: Which Sealer is Best For Your Countertop?
- Related Information:
- Comparison Chart of Concrete Sealers
- Advice on Choosing and Applying Concrete Sealers, from Technical Expert Chris Sullivan
- Buyer's Guide to Concrete Sealers
Sealing Colored Concrete
Sealing colored concrete will not only protect it from stains and weather exposure, it will also enhance the beauty of the concrete by bringing out the color.
The main questions to ask before selecting a sealer for colored concrete are:
- Do you want a clear sealer?
- Do you want to use a tinted sealer that matches the color of the existing colored concrete and makes the colors more vibrant?
- Do you want the concrete to be more slip-resistant? (See Making Concrete Slip Resistant.)
- Is the sealer compatible with the type of coloring system used?
Each sealer manufacturer or supplier has recommendations for how to maintain their product. It is strongly suggested you follow their recommendations for the type of coloring system you have since the color manufacturer has been dealing with installations, servicing, and maintenance issues with their products for many years-they know what works. Your contractor will be able to tell you the specific brand of color you have if you don't know. This link provides a list of concrete sealer manufacturers.
Prior to installing any sealing product to existing concrete, make sure the concrete surface is clean from oil, grease, dust, dirt, or any other foreign matter. (See Cleaning Concrete.)
Cleaning and sealing your colored concrete should be done on a regular basis, just like any other home maintenance. The frequency will depend on how much vehicle and foot traffic the pavement receives and the exposure conditions to weather and chemicals. The benefit of diligent maintenance will be beautiful colored concrete that looks good for years after it was installed.