Over the years, there have been many conversations about whether or not a concrete sealer is necessary for driveways and similar surfaces. Part of this includes the frequency of application. If you want the answer to whether or not it’s needed: yes, it is.
Of course, companies whose main products involve sealing have directly contributed to the general thought that applying a sealer yearly is the way to go. However, sealing periodically actually extends the longevity of concrete slabs. This applies to sidewalks, pool decks, patios, or even concrete driveway coatings.
What’s so great about concrete for driveways?
In truth, even if the concrete isn’t sealed at any point, it will perform pretty well. However, having a sealer of good quality placed onto it within years of each application is critical. That will contribute considerably towards the lifespan of the concrete.
When the concrete in question is an etched or stained patio or driveway, this process becomes even more critical. Aside from lasting much longer, it will also maintain the aesthetics of any concrete slab it’s applied to.
What is the right way for a driveway sealer to be applied?
Needless to say, before anything else, the surface needs to be dry and clean. Some degreasers can be used to clean each slab thoroughly, in addition to soap. Check for any necessary patching and do that before any sealing job.
Protective gear is necessary here, including goggles or similar eyewear, long sleeves, trousers, and gloves. That’s because sealers should never come into contact with the eyes, let alone skin. Check the labels of the sealers involved since they will likely have optimal temperatures listed for sealing.
Have Appropriate Equipment
The application of concrete sealers doesn’t need much equipment. This is mainly dependent on the sealer being used, of course. Equipment can range from a brush, sprayer, or even a roller. The best way to choose what to use is to read the label instructions from the manufacturer. Sealers that are oil-based (solvent-based) are usually best when they’re sprayed. On the other hand, a roller is an ideal tool for water-based sealers.
Make Sure Coverage Is Complete
Typically, there is 7 to 10 square metres of coverage per litre with the majority of products. Three thin coats—drying between their applications—will be best. That way, uneven coverage through puddling won’t occur.
Pay Attention To Drying
Ideally, a small square section is a great working area. One square, then another, and another, and so on. It’s much easier to dry this way instead of something like narrow strips. Weather conditions will affect drying time, but the average should be around two hours.
Concrete works well even without being sealed, but a high-quality sealant extends its life and keeps it looking good. There is a correct way to apply the driveway sealer, which lies in the preparation. Wear protective gear, have appropriate equipment according to the sealer being used, and ensure that the coverage is complete.
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