Three Types Of Concrete Driveway Sealers You Should Consider

A concrete driveway is one of the most appealing options you can implement on your property. However, a concrete driveway is prone to get damaged in cracks, abrasions, or stains. 

However, you can prevent the above scenarios by sealing your driveway. Concrete driveway sealing involves adding a protective membrane on the surface of the concrete to prevent various factors such as water, excess sun, gasoline, oil, and even impact from damaging the concrete driveway.

However, there are various types of concrete driveway seal coats you can utilize. Thus, if you consider sealing your concrete driveway, here are three of the most recommended seal coats available for you.

Penetration Sealers

Penetrating sealers get absorbed into the pores in your concrete driveway. Thus, the seal coating ensures that no moisture can penetrate into the concrete driveway, and likewise, no vapor can escape from the concrete.

Penetrating sealers are effective for preventing your concrete driveway from staining, erosion, and extreme weather and temperatures. Additionally, because penetrating sealers are extremely resistant to both extreme heat and cold, they protect your driveway from cracking due to shrinkage.

Additionally, unlike other concrete sealers such as acrylic, penetrating sealers do not leave a slippery surface when applied. Thus, the chances of slipping over your driveway get minimized. The most common types of penetrating driveway sealers include silicate, silicone, and siloxane/silane.

Polyurethane sealers

These type of concrete driveway sealers provides a thicker layer of protection compared to an acrylic sealer. Due to the extra thick layer of sealer, polyurethane concrete driveway sealers provide an excellent level of protection from erosion, chemical stains, and scuffs. Additionally, due to the thickness of a polyurethane sealer, it can protect your drive from damage resulting from high impact.

There are two types of polyurethane sealers, namely water-based and solvent. However, polyurethane sealers are highly intolerant to water before they dry. Thus, it is advisable to ensure you don't apply them during the rainy or winter seasons because when they come into contact with water before drying, they will foam at the top.

Acrylic Sealer

Many homeowners often prefer acrylic driveway sealers because they are the least expensive and the fastest to dry. Nonetheless, using an acrylic sealer on your driveway protects it from water, yellowing, UV radiation, and chemicals such as chlorine.

Acrylic sealers are also available as water or solvent-based. Solvent-based acrylic sealers provide a glossy and enchanting sheen. However, they are not as durable as water-based acrylic sealers.

On a final note, it is essential to note that the type of concrete driveway sealer you use typically depends on the weather conditions of your area and the type of concrete your driveway is made of. Thus, it is advisable to consult a driveway sealing contractor on the best sealer to use.