Concrete is such a durable and long-lasting material that you may not give much thought to the maintenance it needs. If you want your driveway to have a long life and maintain good looks, then sealing it is important. It's good to seal a new driveway once the concrete has cured and then regularly throughout its life. Even if your driveway has never been sealed, it isn't too late to start if you want to improve the appearance of the concrete and slow down its deterioration. Here are benefits of concrete driveway sealing.
Sealer Keeps Rain From Soaking Into The Concrete
There are two types of concrete sealers. One is a penetrating sealer that soaks into the concrete to keep rain from seeping in. This type of sealer is useful for driveways exposed to freezing temperatures. When rain sinks into the concrete and then freezes, the ice expands and causes damage to the concrete. A sealer can prevent this problem.
Sealer Makes Your Driveway More Attractive
The other type of concrete sealer is a surface coating that can change the appearance of your driveway if that's what you're going for. These sealers can add color or gloss to the driveway. You might want this type of sealer for a stamped concrete driveway, dyed concrete, or even a plain gray driveway to make it a little more attractive.
Concrete Sealers Protect The Driveway
Besides protecting the concrete from rain and water, a sealer also protects against damage from UV rays and general wear and tear. The coating may get damaged and worn down with time, but in doing so, it protects the concrete. A coating is much easier to replace than concrete, so applying a coating when it's needed is a good practice and cost effective since it can prolong the life of your driveway.
A Sealer Prevents Stains
Since concrete is a light color, it shows dirt and stains readily. Plus, without a sealer, stains can get in the pits and grooves of the concrete and be difficult to remove. A sealer keeps dirt, oil, algae, and other staining materials separated from the concrete, so it's much easier to keep your driveway clean.
Having concrete sealer applied to your driveway is a fairly quick and easy job for your contractor. The process starts with cleaning and prepping the driveway first and repairing areas that need it. Then, the sealer is applied and left to dry. Different types of sealers have different drying times, so your contractor will let you know how soon you can drive on the concrete, but you can expect it to be a day or two before your driveway is ready to use as you normally do.