Frequently Asked Questions
Browse specifier and trade-specific frequently asked questions below.
For general and system-related questions, click here.
Q: What is slip resistance?
Slip resistance refers to the texture of a surface and how easy it is for a person to slip when the surface is damp or wet. Typically, a surface that’s highly textured has a high slip resistance, compared to a smooth concrete surface where a person has less grip and can then easily slip.
Q: How can I improve slip resistance?
Depending on the surface, adding slip resistant additives will add texture and improve grip.
Q: What is luminance contrast?
Luminance contrast is the association between the luminance of a brighter area and that of an adjacent darker area. Luminance contrast is often needed on stair treads and entryways.
Q: What sealers can I specify if slipperiness/slip resistance is a concern?
There are many sealer options to assist with slip issues and we recommend getting in contact with us so we can help you find the perfect sealer for your needs. Click here to get in contact.
Q: Is a water-based sealer more durable than a solvent-based sealer?
No, both types have powerful protection qualities.
Q: Can you use solvent-based sealers indoors?
It is not advisable.
Q: What low VOC sealers does CCS offer?
We have many low VOC sealers across the range depending on application requirements. You can explore our range of environmentally friendly, low VOC sealers here.
Q: What is the difference between a penetrating sealer and surface coating?
A penetrating sealer sits in the pores of the concrete whereas a topical sealer leaves a coating on the surface.
Q: What kind of stains do sealers protect against?
A very wide range depending on the sealer chosen. Find specific stain qualities on each sealers product page.
Q: Does a sealer protect against oil stains?
Yes, depending on the sealer chosen.
Q: What is more effective, a roller, sprayer or solvent resistant broom to apply sealer?
They all have different advantages. If you need assistance, get in contact with us.
Q: Why do sealers go white?
Generally, it is due to moisture entrapment or delamination.
Q: How to fix a sealer that has gone white?
It depends on whether the issue is due to moisture entrapment or delamination and the surrounding environment. If you need assistance, get in contact with one of our friendly staff here.
Q: How dry or cured does a surface have to be before a sealer can be applied?
It depends on the sealer. A same-day sealer can be applied the same day. Most others require the concrete to be cured 14-28 days depending on climatic conditions.
Q: Why does a sealer bubble?
Generally, from the solvent carrier being trapped under the resin as it dries.
Q: How do you fix roller marks from applying sealer?
It takes 28 days for concrete to cure to full strength and the colour to completely establish.
Q: Why do you need to apply a thin coat of sealer first?
To allow effective penetration into the surface.
Q: What is the best method of applying a sealer?
Roller, sprayer or solvent resistant broom.
Q: When is the best time to seal newly poured concrete?
As soon as possible to protect it once properly cured.