Home Depot Concrete Sealer Reviews
Ah yes, Home Depot. With locations nationally they make it very convenient to buy just about anything. I will go into Home Depot sometimes and walk around for hours – just for fun. Unfortunately, when you go to Home Depot to buy a concrete sealer – you will get a different response depending on which employee you are speaking with. One employee will suggest a product their brother-in-law used, one employee will suggest a product they are receiving an incentive for, one employee will tell you they don’t know but they sell a lot of “Product A.” Scary. If you ask a Home Depot employee the difference between a sodium silicate and an epoxy and a latex paint – they won’t know the difference. Never do your product research in-store – ever!
Concrete sealers protect your most valuable asset – your home. Whether you are sealing your driveway, basement, pool, or walkway – you want to improve the concrete – not worsen it. Even if you don’t purchase direct from a manufacturer – always go to the manufacturer for your pre-purchase research.
Overall, here are the primary problems with concrete sealers sold at Home Depot:
- They are not permanent sealers. Home Depot doesn’t make money off of a product you only have to buy once. Every sealer at Home Depot has to be re-applied every 1-5 years.
- They cover around 200 square feet per gallon. If 1 gallon costs $49.95 but you need 10 of them to seal your basement, that cost juust went up to $499.95.
- They are topical sealers. Topical sealers can only be used for decorative purposes. If the sealer claims to be a penetrant – it really isn’t. “Penetrate” in the concrete industry is 2-6 inches. Anything less is considered a topical sealer.
- They can’t be used where hydrostatic pressure is present. Hydrostatic pressure surrounds just about every basement in America – every crawlspace – every slap. That pressure pushes against the concrete causing water, moisture, vapors, and gases to enter into your basement through the concrete walls and floor. If the sealer can’t be used where hydrostatic pressure is present – it can’t stop water, vapors, moisture, or gases.
- They can’t be used below grade. Below-grade means below the surface. Your basement is below grade. What good is a basement sealer if it can’t be used on a basement under the ground?
- They don’t strengthen the concrete. If you can’t strengthen the concrete, you can’t prevent cracking and spalling. If you can’t prevent cracking and spalling, you might want to start researching crack repair kits.
- They aren’t professional grade. Professional grade products are not sold in ANY stores.