After getting your freshly concreted driveway done, it can be hard to decide whether you need to seal it right after or not. Even if you’ve had your concrete driveway for a while and are just curious whether you should seal it or not can be daunting. While you don’t necessarily need to seal it every year, even if professionals tell you to, it is good to seal it.
So, should you seal your concrete driveway? Yes! A seal will protect your driveway from the elements and the natural aging process of the concrete. You don’t need to do it every year, but every couple of years will be a good standard to live by. You may want to do it sooner if you experience colder months since the snow salt will eat away at your driveway.
This article will go into detail on what kind of sealers are out there as well as how you can do it yourself. We will also discuss how to care for it after you seal it to get the most life out of your driveway. Many people are switching to concrete over asphalt because it lasts longer and does not need to be touched up as often.
Types of Sealers
Acrylic resin-based sealers. This is a great sealer for the cost. Lying down a sheet of this over your concrete driveway will help seal it and protect it well. Polystyrene acrylic will turn yellow under the sun and is a less durable product. While pure acrylic resin will last longer and not turn yellow. The pure will cost more than the polystyrene but is worth the difference.
Epoxy or polyurethane sealers. This is a pricier sealer that many professionals may try to talk you into buying since it lays a thicker layer over your concrete. Unfortunately, it isn’t any better than acrylic, so you may be paying for more than you have to pay. It also locks moisture in, which may create a white fog under the seal. Don’t waste your money.
Penetrating sealers. These are made out of specialty resins (silicone or salines) that actually go into the concrete and protect it from water, oil and other contaminants. Many sealers will be labeled as “penetrating” sealers, so be on the lookout. These are great for areas that will get a lot of water or oil on them, such as garages or driveways.
How To Apply
Make sure your driveway or garage is clean and dry. This is important because you don’t want to seal any unwanted water or stains. You’ll have a lot harder of a time getting it out once the seal is on and dry. Stains or other contaminants may also interfere with how the seal adheres to your concrete, which may make it work less effectively at protecting it.
Wear protective equipment when applying it. You don’t want the seal getting on your skin or in your eyes by accident. It can cause burns and permanent damage to your sight. You’ll be the best protected by wearing eye goggles, gloves, boots, trousers, and long sleeves. You should also read the label on your sealant for additional precautions you should take.
You can apply it with a roller or spray. Each seal is different, so be sure to read the instructions before applying it to your concrete. It’s best to apply 2-3 thin coats, giving it time to dry between each coat. You want to cover all of the concrete with the seal. Work in small areas at a time so you don’t miss any corners or sections as you apply it.
Clean your driveway with soap and water every few months. This is a great maintenance cleaning method that will help keep your seal and your driveway better for longer. It will also wash away any contaminants that might be trying to pass through to your concrete. You may need to wash more during the months that your driveway gets the dirtiest.
You can add a light coat of seal over any parts of the seal that have worn down. You may spot areas of your driveway that wear faster than others. This can be due to weather, tire traction and time. You don’t have to reseal the entire driveway if only a section is worn down. Just get your sealant back out and seal that section, being sure to clean it first.
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We’ve discussed whether you should seal your concrete driveway. Hopefully, this article was informative and helpful!