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Sealing your driveway: How do you seal your driveway, what sealer is best, how much sealer to use, and how long to wait before driving on the seal

Concrete driveway sealing is a reasonable safeguard and prolongs the material’s life. It doesn’t take much time or money, and it’s a simple method to maintain the area surrounding your house looking its best.

Long driveway
Long driveways can be harder to maintain

What is the best concrete driveway sealer?

The best sealer depends on the state of the driveway and the purpose of sealing it.

How much sealer should I use on my driveway?

Calculate how many gallons of sealant you’ll need for one application by multiplying the driveway’s square footage by 80. Each bucket holds 5 gallons of sealer, covering roughly 80 square feet. Divide the number of gallons by 5 to get the buckets needed.

Penetrating concrete sealers will generally cover 100 – 400 square feet per gallon. However, because two coats are typically suggested, the coverage will be reduced to 50 – 200 square feet per gallon for two applications.

How long after sealing my driveway can I drive on it

Several elements influence how long a concrete sealer lasts, but many types of concrete sealers will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Concrete Sealers Made of Silicate: Concrete sealers made of silicate never break down. To generate a calcium silicate hydrate structure within the pores, they cause a chemical reaction in the concrete. Once that structure has been constructed, it can only be eliminated by removing the concrete.
  • Silane-Siloxane Water Repellent Sealers: Depending on the grade of Silane-Siloxane sealer used and the % solids, Silane-Siloxane water repellent sealers can last anywhere from 6 months to 10 years. Most store-bought low-solids solutions will last six months to a year, whereas higher-solids solutions, such as the Armor SX5000 and SX5000 WB, will last up to 7-10 years.
  • Silicone Water Repellent Sealers: Silicone sealers, including Silane-Siloxane sealers, may last from 6 months to 10 years. Most store-bought low-solids solutions will last six months to a year, whereas higher-solids solutions, such as the Armor SC25, can last up to 7-10 years.
  • Acrylic Concrete Sealers: Acrylic sealers must be re-coated every 1 to 5 years.
  • Epoxy Coatings: Epoxy coatings must be re-coated every 5-10 years.
  • Urethane Coatings: Urethane coatings must be re-coated every 5-10 years.
  • Paint: There are too many factors to consider when determining how long paint will endure. Paint will always peel, although it may take anything from 1 to 10 years before it does.

How much does it cost to seal a driveway?

The average cost of sealing a driveway is $305. However, prices often range from $176 to $444. Therefore, the lowest price you could expect to pay is approximately $110, and the highest price you should expect to spend is roughly $1,230.

Should I seal my concrete driveway, and how often?

It’s critical to safeguard your investment, whether you have a new concrete driveway, walkway, or pool deck or already have one. So, YES! It would be best if you sealed your concrete.

The correct sealant will revitalize an old stamped surface or keep your concrete driveway looking excellent for many years. Sealing concrete is similar to waxing your automobile, putting sunscreen on your face, or spraying Scotchgard on your favorite clothes. A sealer will improve the appearance of your concrete, protect it from stains and dangerous chemicals, and prevent fading caused by UV radiation.

New concrete is advised to be sealed when it has hardened, and old concrete is sealed every few years.

A sealer will improve and protect your stamped concrete, whether new or old. In addition, concrete’s service life is substantially prolonged when properly sealed or resealed.