Concrete Cures and Sealers (DOT and Non-DOT)
Sealing your concrete has many benefits, both practical and aesthetic. Contractors need to understand the difference between curing and sealing, the different types of sealers available, and how to choose the right treatment products for each project. It's also important to have a thorough knowledge of DOT and non-DOT cures and sealers – depending on your project spec’s. Let’s get into the details.
Curing vs Sealing
When it comes to concrete, there are two terms that are often used interchangeably but have very different meanings: curing and sealing.
To help you understand the difference between the two, we’ve put together this brief guide.
Curing is the process of keeping newly placed concrete moist so that it can reach its full-strength potential. This is typically done by spraying the concrete with water or covering it with a plastic sheet.
Sealing, on the other hand, is a protective measure that is taken once the concrete has cured. It helps to prevent staining and makes the surface easier to clean.
So, while curing is essential for the strength and longevity of your concrete, sealing is more about aesthetics and function.
Importance of Selecting the Right Cure & Sealer for Your Project
When working with concrete, it is important to select the right cure and sealer products in order to achieve the desired results. There are a variety of factors to consider when making your selection, including the type of project you are working on, the climate conditions, and the specific needs of your project.
- Cure and seal products are available in a variety of formulations, so it is important to select the one that best meets your needs. For example, some products are designed for interior use only, while others can be used both indoors and outdoors. You should also consider the coverage area when selecting a product – some products cover more area than others.
- Climate conditions are another important factor to consider when selecting a cure and seal product. If you are working in an area with high humidity, you will need to select a product that is designed for use in high-humidity conditions. Likewise, if you are working in an area with extreme cold or heat, you will need to choose a product that can withstand those conditions.
- Finally, it is important to consider the specific needs of your project when selecting a cure and sealer. For example, if you are looking for a product that will provide a high level of protection against water damage, you will need to select a waterproofing sealer. If you are looking for a product that will enhance the color of your concrete, you will need to choose a tinted sealer.
- White Cap's team of experts can guide you through the process of selecting the right cure and sealer for your project. We can help you identify the specific needs of your project and recommend the best product to meet those needs.
DOT vs Non-DOT
When it comes to sealers and curing agents, there are two main types: DOT and non-DOT. So, what's the difference between them? When should you use one over the other?
DOT (Department of Transportation) products are those that meet stringent federal regulations for highway and roadway use. They must be able to withstand high temperatures and harsh weather conditions. Non-DOT products, on the other hand, are not subject to these same regulations and can be used in a wider variety of applications.
One of the main advantages of DOT products is their durability. They are designed to stand up to extreme conditions, making them ideal for outdoor use. DOT products also tend to be more expensive than their non-DOT counterparts.
Non-DOT products, while not as durable as DOT products, are still suitable for many applications.
Water-Based Vs Solvent-Based Cures and SealersWater-based vs solvent-based sealers and finishes are two different types of products that are used to protect concrete floors. Each has its own advantages for specific applications that should be considered when choosing the best option for your project.
Water-based sealers are typically made from acrylics, urethanes, or epoxies. They provide a durable, clear finish that is easy to apply and clean up. Water-based sealers are also low VOC and have little odor, which makes them a good choice for indoor applications. However, water-based sealers can be susceptible to yellowing over time and may not be as tough as solvent-based sealers, especially in cold-weather climates.
Solvent-based sealers are usually made from polyurethanes, epoxies, or acrylics. They provide a durable, clear finish that is more resistant to yellowing than water-based sealers. Solvent-based sealers are also more difficult to apply and have a strong odor. They are not recommended for indoor applications unless proper ventilation is available.
Selecting the right cure and sealer is critical for a successful project. The difference between DOT and non-DOT cures and sealers, water-based vs solvent-based cures and sealers, and curing vs sealing in general can all be confusing. That's why it's important to contact your White Cap specialist to explore your options for the best cure and sealer solutions for your specific application. With over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, we're here to help you make the best decision for your next project.