If applied correctly the right driveway sealer can protect your concrete and keep it looking new for years to come.
When it comes to finding the right sealer for a concrete driveway, the most important things to know are:
How it looks when dry;
How it works, and;
How much it costs.
Reasons to Use a Driveway Sealer
It isn’t a requirement to wax your car, but you do it to help protect the paint and ensure it stays looking new. That’s how you should think about your driveway. If you’re a homeowner, you have invested a lot of money in building or purchasing your home. You can add value to your investment by protecting and enhancing the first thing people see when they look your home, your driveway.
The Benefits of Sealing Your Concrete
Driveway sealers extend the surface life and can enhance surface appearance
The products are easy to apply and you can complete the project from start to finish in less than a day.
In most cases, concrete sealer products do not require expensive tools to install. Most can be installed with a pump sprayer or nap roller. A moderately experienced DIYer can handle it or you can hire someone to install it for you.
Types of Driveway Sealers
Acrylic sealers or solvent-based sealers are the most common type of driveway sealers. They offer the best performance, durability and water resistance for the cost. Be sure to ask about the quality of the resins that are being used. The lower quality resins tend to yellow, while the higher quality resins found in Foundation Armor’s sealers will not yellow, chip or fade.
Epoxy and Urethane sealers are higher quality than Acrylics and tend to have a more slippery surface. Because they do not allow for air or moisture to move through the concrete, they are prone to white hazing or fogging when applied on exterior surfaces.
Silane Siloxane, Silicates and Siliconates are high quality water repellent driveway sealers that won’t leave behind a surface film or change the color or look of your concrete.
Types of Finishes
One of the most important things you have to do before purchasing concrete sealer products for your driveway is determine how you want the finished product to look once it’s sealed and dry. Similar to paints, you can select the type of finish.
There are 3 main finish types:
Natural or No Gloss – This type of sealer is a penetrating sealer that doesn’t change the look of your concrete.
Low Gloss, Wet Look – This type of sealer is usually water-based and ranges from a matte to semi-gloss finish.
High Gloss, Wet Look – This type of sealer is a solvent-based sealer has glossy to high gloss finish with a wet look.
Tip: To ensure you get your desired finish, test the product on an inconspicuous patch of your driveway.
After selecting how you want your concrete sealer finish to look, you also have to determine whether or not you will need to create a non-slip surface or if a slippery surface would be okay.
A slippery surface is a result of texture and thickness. High gloss concrete sealers are more likely to be slippery, while low gloss, wet look concrete sealers are less slippery. Our Non-Slip Additive for Acrylic or Urethane concrete sealers can be added to add texture and decrease surface slickness. We offer coarse and fine non-slip additives.
If you want the safest surface available, we offer concrete sealers that penetrate below the surface and leave a natural look (no gloss). Check out our SX5000 and SX5000WB.
Applying the Product
Before applying the concrete sealer on your driveway, be sure that the surface is clean and dry. If applying to a previously sealed surface it is important to verify if the surface was previously sealed with a solvent based or water based sealer. Do not apply if rain is expected within 24 hours of when you are applying any sealer.
The substrate temperature must be at least 45 degrees F and should not exceed 85 degrees F. If applied outside of these limits, the sealer may not achieve adequate film formation and may have excessive air entrapment, bubbles, blushing or hazing. Coverage rates vary for all coatings and substrates depending on porosity, density, and texture.
Additional questions? For help selecting the right driveway sealer for your project contact Foundation Armor at 866-306-0246 or live chat.
After applying the AR350, a wet look, satin gloss acrylic sealer, on his stamped concrete driveway pavers Cory S. wrote, “I used this product on my stamped concrete driveway and pool deck. It had been about 6 years since I sealed and the old sealer was worn away. The pavers had also started to lose their color, they looked dull in some areas and there was a lot of discoloration. I put down this product in a test area and I love the results. My stamped concrete patio looked new. The entire surface was darkened, almost as if it was wet. I did notice that it took 2 coats to get the nice wet look, which was fine. The outcome was well worth it. Very happy with this product.”
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