Benefits of Coating Your Concrete Floors, Walkways, and Patios

Posted on: 16 January 2020

Concrete is becoming a more popular choice for flooring in commercial buildings and residential homes. In general, it is cheaper than installing tiles or carpeting, easier to maintain, and can be cut, etched, or painted to have any look or design you like. Many professionals suggest using a concrete coating over the floor once you have it looking exactly the way you want. Here are just a few benefits of using a coating.


Although concrete is hard, it can be stained, or crumble. Remember, concrete is porous and anything that gets on it can penetrate deep into the floor. Being porous also means that no matter how hard it is, it can break apart. Moisture that freezes inside the concrete can easily break the piece, as can a week that grows up through it. When you apply a coating to the floor, walk, or patio, you are giving it a layer of protection. The coating will prevent liquid from staining or seeping into the concrete and also help hold it together should a weed try to grow up through it.

Reduce Wear 

Whether the floor has a high-traffic area or the walkway has sand or dirt blowing across it regularly, concrete can wear down. While a coating may also be affected by high-traffic, weather, dirt, and dust, it does prevent the wearing of the concrete. If you notice scratches or wear marks in the coating, simply apply another layer. This will be especially important if you have a design created in the concrete floor as any wear or scratching will destroy the flow look of the design.


Believe it or not, a smooth concrete surface becomes very slippery when wet. To avoid sliding across the kitchen, or slipping down the front walk, apply a coating to the area. While anything can be slippery in the right conditions, a concrete coating does provide a bit of friction to reduce slipping.

Even if the only concrete floor you have is in the garage, a coating will help keep it in good shape and looking nice. A painted, cut, or etched floor will maintain its beauty for years when a coating is applied over it. Talk with a concrete professional to find out which type of coating would be best for your concrete. They can do the work or point you to the products to do it yourself. Once done, make sure you understand when the product will need to be reapplied for the best protection.