The cost to reseal a stamped concrete driveway will depend on if you are applying the concrete sealer, or if you are hiring a company to apply the concrete sealer for you. If you are applying the sealer to stamped concrete driveway, the cost is typically less than $1.00/square foot, but if you are hiring someone to apply the stamped concrete sealer for you, the cost can be as high as $12.00/square foot. There are benefits to applying it yourself and hiring a contractor.
DIY Stamped Concrete Driveway Sealer
If you are resealing a stamped concrete driveway, or recently had a stamped concrete driveway installed, applying a concrete sealer is fairly easy. Using a roller or sprayer, simply apply two coats to the surface in accordance with the application instructions.
There are two main categories of sealers that can be applied to stamped concrete. The first type of sealer is a penetrating sealer. Penetrating sealers, like the Armor SX5000 and Armor SX5000 WB, work entirely below the surface and won’t change the look or color. A second type of penetrating sealer is the Armor WL550. While it also works below the surface, it will slightly enhance the color of the stamped concrete. While these sealers are fantastic sealers and very easy to apply, they can only be applied to unsealed stamped concrete. They can’t be applied over another type of sealer or coating.
The most popular type of stamped concrete sealer is an acrylic concrete sealer. Most stamped concrete is colored and the best way to preserve or enhance the color is with a coating. Solvent based acrylic sealers are very popular because they are easy to apply, easy to maintain, easy to repair, and easy to re-apply. Just about any issue that arrives from a solvent based acrylic sealer can be repaired with Xylene or the Armor Blush Repair. Solvent based acrylic sealers will darken the stamped concrete to bring out any dull and faded coloring and enhance the stamped concrete with a low to high gloss finish. The Armor AR350, Armor AR500, and Armor AX25 are great choices for stamped concrete. If your concrete driveway is new, the Armor LV15 and Armor LV25 are great cure and seals.
If you prefer to work with water-based sealers, water based acrylic sealers are like the Armor WB15 and Armor WB25 are great options as well. Water-based acrylic sealers are very easy to apply, but they require a little more work and maintenance in the event they develop white spots or delaminate. The benefit to water-based acrylics is that they are low odor and easy to work with.
Cost Associated With Applying A Stamped Concrete Driveway Sealer
The costs are fairly minimal depending on what you currently have for application tools. Here are a few costs to consider when applying a stamped concrete sealer yourself:
- Cleaning costs – You want to hire a pressure washing company to clean the surface of your stamped concrete, or you can clean the surface yourself using a pressure washer or cleaning solution. If you have an old sealer or coating that needs to be removed prior to application, a coating stripper like the Armor CR100 may also be required.
- Application tools – You will want to have a 3/8-1/2″ nap roller and roller accessories, or a commercial pump sprayer. In some cases, you may want both on hand. Any personal protective equipment such as gloves or masks may also be required.
If you have any questions about application, feel free to contact a Foundation Armor Technician. They can answer any questions you may have, and walk you through the application process.
Hiring A Stamped Concrete Contractor
There are many benefits to applying a concrete sealer yourself, and there are many benefits to hiring a concrete contractor. While the cost to reseal stamped concrete comes at a higher cost when you hire a company, often times their service includes surface preparation, application, and clean-up. If you would prefer a hands-off approach and have a company you can trust, contracting the work out is a fantastic option. Some companies will only use the products they have on hand, but other companies will gladly use the sealer of your choice. If this is an option you want to explore, start by calling a few contractors in your area to get information about application, and to gather quotes.