Most people who see the phrase, "sealed concrete," often wonder why you would seal concrete. After all, concrete is pretty watertight anyway. If you do not know that much about concrete (and who does, besides concrete contractors?), the following reasons for sealing concrete will help you understand better the reasons for installing and sealing a concrete floor in your commercial location.
Sealed Concrete Means That Nothing Gets Through
Yes, water cannot get through regular concrete. However, other chemicals and liquid products can. You would want to protect your concrete floor against stains and chemicals that might damage it. The good news is that if you seal concrete, then it is easier to clean the concrete, avoid staining it, and nothing will not crack it. The floor stays looking very nice.
Sealing Concrete Leaves a Nice, Smooth Surface
If you look at unsealed concrete, and then you look at sealed concrete floors, you will notice an immediate textural difference. The sealed concrete is a lot less rough. It is very smooth, which is nice to have if you, other employees, or customers have to kneel on your concrete for some reason (e.g., stocking store shelves near the floor). The unsealed concrete is very rough; it still appears as though it was just poured and scraped into a slab shape. It also scrapes up a lot of hands, knees, etc., when people come into contact with it.
Sealing Concrete Causes Prevents Water From Puddling
When you seal concrete, it prevents standing and pooling of water. It also makes it a lot easier to quickly wipe up any small drops of liquid before someone slips and falls on the floor. Slip and fall accidents are something every business wants to avoid, regardless if the person slipping is an employee or a customer.
Sealed Concrete Ages Better and Is a Better Financial Choice
Sealed concrete ages better. It does not crack or split as quickly as unsealed concrete. Additionally, you can add decorative finishes to the top of sealed concrete to create a very unique and attractive floor, something you could not readily do to an unsealed concrete floor for fear of making it crack. This is good news for any commercial floor that you want to last a really long time. It means that you will not have to replace the floor for decades to come, and that makes this floor a very financially efficient choice.