If you want to prolong the life of your concrete driveway and maintain its appearance at the same time, then you may want to have it sealed. Sealing concrete is a fairly inexpensive upgrade that could pay off by keeping your driveway in good shape for longer. Here are some things to know about concrete driveway sealing.

When To Seal Your Driveway

If your concrete driveway is new, then you'll need to wait until the concrete has had time to cure before it can be sealed. This could be about a month, but your contractor can let you know for sure. Also, the concrete will probably need to be dry. There are different types of sealer that can be used, and some of them require the concrete to be completely dry before the application and for it to stay dry for about a day after. This means you'll have to schedule the work for days when rain is not expected. Temperature plays a role too since the temperature can't drop too low at night after the sealer has been applied. Your contractor may recommend applying the driveway sealer in the warmer months so conditions are right.

Why Concrete Driveway Sealing Is Beneficial

Sealing concrete keeps water from seeping in and causing cracks and other damage. Water damage is most likely when the temperatures drop below freezing and the water expands in the concrete. By applying sealer, you might be able to avoid cracking and the need for frequent repairs. Also, sealing concrete can make it more attractive. Some sealers enhance the color of stamped concrete and they can add a glossy finish.

How Concrete Sealer Is Applied

The concrete has to be cleaned first. This involves sweeping to get rid of grit and pressure washing to remove stains. Then, the driveway has to dry thoroughly. The sealer is then applied by spraying it on or rolling it. The application method depends on the type of sealer used. The contractor will probably put on two thin coats and allow time for the first coat to dry before putting on the second one. When the job is finished, the sealer has to have time to dry before you use the driveway again. The time depends on the type of sealer used but it will probably be at least a day or longer.

Before you have the work done, you'll need to decide on the type of sealer you want. Your contractor can help you choose the best sealer based on quality and performance, but you'll still need to choose if you want a sealer that gives your driveway a glossy appearance or one that is invisible. Thick, glossy sealers tend to be slicker than other sealers, so take this into consideration and talk to your contractor about additives that can reduce slickness in wet weather if you want a glossy look.

For more help, contact a company like Jaco Waterproofing.