Getting the Best Concrete Sealers for Your Driveway
Driveway sealing is a necessity. This will prevent cracking and inhibit concrete staining. Sealing a concrete driveway makes cleanup of spilled oil or gas more manageable Concrete driveway sealers come in different kinds, so it is important for you to assess which one best fits your needs.
The two broad categories of concrete driveway sealers can be organized into subcategories. In choosing a sealer, the difference between a topical sealer and a penetrating sealer is very clear. A penetrating sealer can reach deep into the concrete for about a quarter of an inch to four inches, while a topical concrete sealer is limited only to the driveway surface.
The good thing about a penetrating sealer for concrete driveways is that it provides coverage for concrete gaps. It fortifies the driveway in the best way, and is more durable than a topical sealer. Although topical sealer is cheaper, the protection it offers is still satisfactory. Unfortunately, the driveway would have to undergo resealing more regularly since topical sealer does not last as long. Still, the application of the sealer is as effortless as painting.
When you decide to use a penetrating sealer, you must know if the kind of sealer you will use is a silane, a siliconate, or a silicate. Silane concrete sealers can endure up to five to eight years of use due to its durability. However, it is the most costly in the long term since you would need to make very frequent use of it. A silane sealer also darkens the color of the concrete. The ability for silicate sealers to permanently fuse with concrete make it a great seal. One disadvantage is that it does not easily penetrate smooth surfaces. It fuses better with rougher concrete surfaces and thus should not be applied on driveways. A siliconate driveway sealer is the best choice you could probably have. It fuses well with concrete and makes for an excellent seal as well. One benefit it gives is that it can be used to both maintain and repair the driveway. Thus the application of the sealer can be done even when the driveway has been newly installed.
Should you select a topical sealer for your driveway, you would also have to identify which kind. Although silicone sealer costs the least, it will not work well on a driveway. Its inability to endure abrasions well enough is the reason for its low durability. Acrylic sealers have a longer-lasting hold and can therefore last for about five years. The value it will provide will makes it to be a price worth paying. The last alternative would be polyester sealer. It provides more protection than acrylic does, but in turn costs a lot more. Alas, paying such a considerably higher price for a little more protection will not be worth it.