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10 Things You Should Know about Concrete Driveway Sealer

Using a concrete driveway sealer is a great way to extend the life of your driveway. If you’re looking for information on concrete driveway sealers, you’ve come to the right place. The following list will give you some insight into the kinds of features you can expect from a concrete sealer.

1. Does the driveway sealer yellow over time? – Most good sealers today will indicate that they are a 100% non-yellowing sealer. Be sure to check for this feature when you are picking out a sealer to use on your driveway.
2. Does the sealer come in more than one color? – It’s very common for there to be a wide variety of color options available in a line of sealers. If you’ve decided that a particular color is right for your setting, be sure to shop around to look for a line that has the color that is right for you. You may also be able to find a line that will custom mix a color to your tastes.
3. Acrylic vs Epoxy – both kinds are available and have their own pros and cons. Be sure to take a look at what kind is right for you and will fit your budget constraints.
4. Where can a concrete sealer be used? – Typically this kind of sealer can be used on any concrete or masonry product. Any place you have concrete is a good place to use this type of sealer.
5. How can I clean up a spill? – You’ll want to check on how your sealer cleans up. Acrylic sealers will clean up with soap and water.
6. How does a driveway sealer hold up against car fluids and chemicals? – You’ll want to check to make sure that your sealant is rated to hold up against the kinds of fluids and chemicals that your car is likely to drop, such as antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, or motor oil. Check with the manufacturer data sheet to find out this information.
7. What do I need to do in order to apply a sealant? – Most sealants require some level of surface prep, and many have a companion product that is designed to clean up the concrete surface prior to applying the sealer. You’ll want to be sure to factor in the cost of the preparation product along with the cost of the sealer as you make your decision on what kind of product to use.
8. What should I do if I’m sealing new concrete? – If you’re about to seal a new driveway, or other area of newly poured concrete, check the data sheet from the manufacturer to see how long they recommend allowing the concrete to cure before applying their sealer.
9. What kind of safety gear is needed to apply the sealer? – Check to see if any special applicator or tools are needed to apply the sealer, and factor them into your budget.
10. How can I test out a product to see if it will work the way I want it to? – It’s always a good idea to apply a small amount to a concrete surface in an inconspicuous location and allow it to dry to make sure that you like the way it looks prior to applying it to your entire concrete area.

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