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How to Seal a Concrete Driveway

Updated on May 12, 2011

Concrete Driveway Sealers


A concrete driveway sealer can go a long way to protecting your driveway. Over the years your driveway will take quite a beating and it could really benefit from the protection. It is quite easy to seal a concrete driveway and it will keep it looking good for years.

The first thing that you are going to need to do in order to seal your concrete driveway is to wait. The driveway needs to cure for three to four weeks before you can apply a penetrating concrete sealer.

In order to seal your driveway properly it is important that it be clean. You will want to start by taking a broom to it to get rid of any loose debris. A pressure washer should then be used to make sure that you really get the area clean. A siloxane concrete sealer needs to be applied to dry concrete, so after you have used the pressure washer you will need to wait for the concrete to dry, then wait another twenty four hours. Any moisture will prevent the sealant working properly.

There are a number of ways to get the sealer onto the driveway, you can use a brush, a roller, or a sprayer. The choice will probably be largely decided by the size of your driveway, if you have a big driveway you are going to really appreciate using a sprayer. You want to make sure that you only apply enough sealer that you sell a slight white color. If you have any pooling you will want to make sure that you spread it out before it dries.

There is no special equipment required to apply a penetrating siloxane sealer but it is a good idea to where eye protection and protective clothing, many people find it to cause irritation if they come into contact with it. You don’t need to need to worry about getting the sealer on the grass or any plants, it won’t hurt them. Nor will it hurt your windows or any metal but it should be washed off immediately with soapy water.

It is important that you make sure that you will have a couple of days of good weather before you apply a concrete driveway sealer. In order to get best results you need to make sure no rain falls on the driveway for at least twenty four hours after it has been applied. The penetrating siloxane sealer will dry in about four hours but it is also a good idea to avoid walking on the driveway for twenty four hours.


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