Concrete countertops make great work surfaces in the kitchen, garage, or workshop. However, to maximize the potential of your concrete countertop, choosing an appropriate sealer is essential.
Choosing the appropriate countertop sealer can keep your concrete finish new, colorful, and shiny for years. Because concrete is a porous material, using the appropriate countertop sealer for your application will protect it from absorbing liquids and staining, as well as from scratches and abrasions. Concrete countertop sealers are designed to create an impervious layer that bonds to the concrete and protects it from the harsh conditions you might throw at it. There are many sealers on the market for a variety of applications, so your countertop should be finished with the right sealer for the job.
When choosing a countertop sealer, you should consider several primary factors. Obviously, you will want to consider the final look of your countertop. Sealer can come in a variety of tints and sheens in order to give your countertop the right look.
In addition to the look you want for your countertop, you should consider its location. A sealer that provides your countertop with UV protection may be warranted if your concrete will be receiving lots of direct sunlight. If your countertop is going to be used in the kitchen, or any other location where people eat, you should choose a food-safe sealer, like Z Counterform’s Z SiAcryl 14, that holds up to acids, like lemon juice and vinegar. Such products can also prevent stains from things like coffee, red wine, and ketchup. When considering the appropriate sealer for the kitchen, it is also important that it be heat and scratch resistant.
It is important to consider the circumstances under which you will use your countertop, and then research the appropriate sealer for your needs.