Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Thursday 23rd of February 2017
Wine cellars are part of a home or business that usually do not get as much attention as more highly trafficked areas. Unlike a garage or a traditional basement, they are hardly integral to the structure or function of your home or business. However, they can house an expensive and valuable collection of wine that often requires perfect environmental conditions to ensure the preservation of the liquids.
Most wine cellars, like regular cellars and basements, are constructed from concrete. A strong, durable material, concrete can last forever and will protect your interior from the perils of the outdoors. However, concrete is far from a solid material. While it is extremely strong, concrete is also incredibly porous, which is a direct result of its mixing process. Concrete is really just a mixture of a few different materials that bind together to create the final material we call concrete. A by-product of this mixing process is a large number of holes and tiny air pockets that fill the concrete, making it porous and susceptible to the passage of water or potentially harmful natural gases like methane and radon.
Concrete that has just been poured and cured, even properly cured, will not be up to its optimal potential strength. Instead, that concrete needs to be treated with a concrete sealer. A wine cellar requires a quality concrete sealer more than a typical basement, as its contents tend to be more precious than those of the average basement.
For a concrete wine cellar, the best choice in concrete sealer would be a silane/siloxane sealer, like Siloxa-Tek 8505. The Siloxa-Tek 8505 contains particles that will penetrate into the concrete material past the surface pores, filling the concretes porous holes and cracks with its material. This protects the concrete from the incursion of water, all while increasing the materials strength and durability. The Siloxa-Tek 8505 sealer will also seal the surface of the concrete resisting staining, working on both levels to protect your wine cellar. As a water-based offering, the Siloxa-Tek 8505 is safe for application indoors, protecting your concrete for years to come.