Concrete driveways are extremely popular. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 90-95% of all businesses and homes throughout the United States have concrete driveways. If you have a concrete driveway you may be wondering whether or not you should place hire a professional contractor to apply a sealant to the driveway.
In an effort to help you make an informed decision regarding whether or not to seal your driveway, we will explain what sealcoating does and why it could help prolong the lifespan of your driveway.
What is Driveway Sealant and How is it Applied?
Sealant is like a protective layer. It is applied to the top of the concrete driveway. Once applied, it forms a barrier between the concrete material and outside elements, such as water, rain, snow, dirt, dust, and debris.
There are several different types of driveway sealants that can be used. Acrylic-resin based driveway sealants are commonly used for residential and business driveways. Other driveway sealant options include epoxy sealers and polyurethane sealers.
The process used to apply sealant to a driveway is very similar to wall painting. The sealant is created in a separate container. When it is ready to be applied, it can either be applied using a hand roller or a handheld sprayer.
Driveway sealers can be applied at any time, even long after a driveway has been installed.
Reason to Apply a Driveway Sealer: Longer Service Life of a Driveway
Concrete driveways are porous in nature. When the driveway comes into contact with large amounts of water, such as when it rains or snows, the concrete will absorb the water. A little absorbed water isn’t bad for the driveway, but too much absorbed water can cause the driveway to crack. Too many cracks could result in the need to replace the driveway.
Applying a sealant to the driveway can prolong the lifespan of the driveway. The sealant will create a barrier that prevents the driveway from absorbing the water. If the driveway is unable to absorb water, it will reduce the likelihood that cracks will form. Fewer cracks means the driveway will not need to be replaced.
Reason to Apply a Driveway Sealer: Improve the Appearance of Decorative Concrete
Some concrete sealers are designed to improve the appearance of your driveway. These sealers can add color to the driveway or give the concrete a high gloss appearance.
Concrete sealers are often used to improve the appearance of decorative concrete. This is concrete that homeowners or business owners have specifically picked out for its appearance.
If you have decided to have a sealant placed on your driveway, consider hiring a professional to apply the sealant. JM Painting in Portland, Oregon offers concrete sealing and staining as part of their contractor services.
Call us at 503-303-5278 to learn more about our services.