Concrete Driveway Sealing
Concrete driveway sealing consist into spraying the concrete driveway with the proper chemical agents to make sure the driveway is protected from weather, erosion, stains and other external factors. The sealing is done using a handpump from where the liquid agent comes out and is sprayed on all of the surfaces of the driveway. Once the chemical agent has dried out, the driveway is ready for work.
Clearing the Debris
Before you even think of sealing the concrete you must first think of clearing all the debris that might be on top of it. The reason for it is that you don’t want to miss any spots while sealing and besides that, the sealing might not be successful if you don’t clear the debris from the surface of the driveway. You should also remove all the grease, oil and dirt before you start working on the sealing. Also you should remove any kind of old sealer that was in the driveway before.
When to Apply Sealing
When sealing the concrete you must make sure that the conditions are dry. The concrete must be dry and the temperatures must be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Applying the sealer on wet or damp concrete can increase the risk of haziness. So make sure the concrete is dry and clean of any debris and then you can apply the sealer. Once the sealer is applied you should let it dry before you step on it or before you drive on it. The drying time for the sealer must be at least two or three days and after that, you should be good to go.
Preparing Concrete for Sealing
Remainder to clear the concrete of all the debris before you start applying any sealing to it. You must make sure that no sign of grease or oil or dirt is on the surface of the concrete. You can use a hand pump on a medium pressure to do this. Once the concrete is clean, most construction companies advise to remove any kind of previous sealer from the concrete as it can be uncompatible with the new sealer that you are deciding to apply. Etching the surface can also be a great solution that might help getting rid of the old sealer, before applying the new one.
How to Apply the Sealer
What is really important when sealing your concrete driveway is using the right tools. Why this is really important is because you want to make sure that you reach the optimal performance, the right coverage rate, and the perfect sealing thickness. You don’t want to apply too much or too little and you definitely don’t want to add more to some surfaces and less to others. There are two common ways to apply the sealer and that is by sprayer or by roller, depending on what the sealer is based.