Pros & Cons of Concrete Sealing

There are many different ways that concrete can be used. It is a widely used material, all thanks to its versatility. For concrete driveway projects, you've probably heard that sealing is necessary, especially after staining, stamping, or having a coating applied. However, some say that sealing isn't necessary. Confused? Here are the pros and cons to help you decide whether to seal or not to seal.

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Pros

Helps Repel Moisture - Concrete is a very porous material. Moisture can easily seep into it and this can be quite damaging to the concrete itself. It can encourage the existence of molds or moss, which could weaken and eventually break down concrete. Sealers help create a thin film of protection against moisture.

Stain Resistance - Whether it is from paint, oil, grease, or anything that may cause ugly stains on a concrete driveway, a sealing product could help protect any stain for being permanent.

Enhances Color - Colored concrete is one of the most popular driveway solutions nowadays. A sealer coating helps make stains, dyes, or pigments a lot more vibrant. Also, it helps prevent fading while making the surface a bit shinier, depending on the type of sealer used.

Revive Old Driveways - The age of concrete can be evident by how dull and lifeless it is. A coat of sealer can help revive its shine, breathing new life to it once again.

Cons

Requires Maintenance - Although it is an added layer of protection for concrete, it still requires maintenance in order to maximize its benefits. Sealed concrete drives need to be free from dirt, rotting leaves and flowers, mud, and more.

Resealing - Nothing lasts forever so expect sealers to fade after a year or two. The speed at which it fades or stops providing protection would depend on how much use and abuse the driveway goes through.

Additional Upfront Cost - It is important for homeowners to discuss sealing with the contractor to make sure that it is something necessary for the type of surface being sealed. This way, unnecessary costs can be avoided.

Not environment-friendly - Most sealer products contain chemicals that make it protective, water-repellent, and stain-resistant. It is important to leave the application to the pros to ensure proper application without affecting the surroundings.

Tire marks - Hot tires can discolor certain types of sealers. Learn how to remove tire marks from your driveway.

Slippery - Film-forming sealers can become slippery when wet. However, a grit additive can be added to the sealer for extra traction.

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