Environmentally friendly companions
If you’re looking to install a decorative concrete project with a low environmental impact, water-based stains are a great start. But there are other decorative products that can be used in conjunction with these stains to help keep the project environmentally friendly.
Low-VOC, water-based sealers are a great option for sealing water-based stains. These sealers contain less or even no fumes compared to solvent-based sealers, which make them a great option for indoor working environments, especially those where ventilation may be a problem or where people will be present during the work. They also do not contain chemicals that could harm the landscape around the concrete, Darmstaedter adds.
Water-based sealers usually will not darken the color of the stain or concrete like solvent-based sealers might. This could be a benefit or a drawback depending on what the customer wants, Nielsen says. Also, water-based sealers are available in a matte or gloss finish giving a more natural look to the finished decorative job.