The most common alternatives to DecoShield are topical acrylic-based sealers and acid staining. Acrylic-based sealers can be easy to install—they’re just painted onto the surface—but because they sit on top of the concrete, they are subject to abrasion and weather, leading them to flake and chip, often in less than a year.
Acid staining provides a more permanent color as it involves a chemical reaction inside the concrete. But the color cannot be guaranteed, and they use harsh chemicals that require care while handling. Installs often take multiple days due to dry times and the acid must be neutralized before sealing the surface.