Applying a waterproofing sealer can help protect and improve the look of concrete and masonry surfaces — such as patios, porches, and driveways — since surfaces that repel water are less likely to grow mold or mildew and are easier to keep clean.

Sealing Concrete or Masonry Surfaces

  1. Clean the Surface. If needed, clean the surface with a concrete etcher/degreaser, being sure to follow the instructions on the container.
  2. Stain the Surface. Allow the surface to dry after cleaning. If you’d like, stain the surface with a stain made especially for concrete and masonry from Quikrete, using a brush and roller.
  3. Seal the Surface. After the surface has dried, apply a sealer, such as QUIKRETE Concrete & Masonry High Gloss Sealer (No. 8800-06), to give the surface a more finished look and protect it from mold, mildew, dirt, and wear.

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Concrete and masonry surfaces are great because they are so durable; but if you really want to keep them looking good, they need to be sealed.

Stucco, bricks, pavers, and concrete can all benefit from the protection of a waterproofing sealer. Surfaces that repel water are less likely to grow mold or mildew and are easier to keep clean.

Whether you choose a simple sealer or a glossy finish to enhance the surface color, your work will look better for longer.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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