New home builds typically do not include residential concrete sealing. A typical homeowner also doesn’t have professional knowledge about best practices when it comes to installing a driveway and relies on the general contractor to determine things like slope, depth, feathering, etc. The general contractor tends to go with the lowest bid for the driveway and/or uses the same company for every job. This practice doesn’t give the homeowner much say in the quality of their driveway installation.
In Michigan, there are several freeze-thaw cycles each year and homeowners tend to put salt on concrete to prevent icing. Unfortunately, applying salt can break down the concrete and shorten its life. Concrete sealer is one thing a homeowner can do to protect their driveway and prolong the life of the concrete.
Whether your driveway is brand new or you are replacing an old driveway, the best way to protect your investment is with residential concrete sealing. It is a quick and economical way to prolong the life of your concrete.
Concrete sealer benefits include:
- Extending the life of your concrete.
- Providing a safer surface.
- Protecting your concrete from weather, oil, salt, fertilizer, and even the sun.
- Speeding up the melting of snow and ice that may settle on the surface.
- Keeping the cost of other types of maintenance down.
- Enhancing the appearance of your concrete and improving curb appeal.
If you have specific questions about Concrete Sealers, check out our FAQ About Concrete Sealing.
For a few hundred dollars you can seal a standard driveway of approximately 1000 square feet. It takes less than an hour to seal and dries within an hour or two. This small investment will extend the life of your concrete and can last 5-10 years before a reapplication is needed.
Areas Perfect for Residential Concrete Sealing
In addition to driveways, some other common areas to apply concrete sealer include:
- Garage floors
- Basement floors
- Pool areas
Penetrating Concrete Sealers
Broom-finished concrete (not stamped or decorative) like most driveways and sidewalks, requires a penetrating sealer that will soak into the concrete and protect it from freeze-thaw cycles and deterioration.
Sealers for Stamped and Decorative Concrete
Many homes also have decorative and stamped concrete areas such as pool decks, patios, entryways, and driveways. Expensive investments like this benefit from an acrylic sealer which creates a protective film on the top of the concrete. The sealer protects the concrete and makes the color and texture pop, enhancing the aesthetic of your project.
Professionally Applied Residential Concrete Sealer
The process of applying a sealer is not difficult. Variations of these types of sealers are available at big box stores. However, the best formulas on the market for the best prices are only available to concrete sealer contractors. It is worth your time and money to have professionals seal your concrete for you.
Ready to Get Started?
Precision Concrete is happy to take a look at the areas you need sealing and provide a free estimate. Our team can typically complete the work in one day.
Have more questions? Check out our FAQ About Concrete Sealing.