01 Nov Top Tips when sealing your concrete driveway
So, you have spent months saving up for a new concrete driveway; you have invested a great deal of time deciding on the contractors to use and the style you want to compliment your property. Now is not the time to rush the last part of the project or cut corners on sealing your driveway, so here are some top tips to take on board before you start and to make sure your contractor follows if you are not completing the sealing yourself.
- Chooses a bright sunny day
The first thing to consider is you chose a nice, bright, and warm sunny day to seal your driveway or patio, the weather is key for making this process work. The driveway sealer needs to dry completely, and its performance could be affected if you chose to seal your driveway in the rain or on a frosty morning. You want to be able to apply the sealer thinly and evenly without it forming puddles or pools on the surface, so warm weather will assist you greatly here. It will also mean your driveway is out of action for a shorter time if the sealer is able to dry quicker.
2. Clean your driveway thoroughly
This is the second and arguably the most important step. Make sure to clean your driveway completely. You will have to get a scrubber or a stiff bristled brush and a concrete cleaner that can help you get rid of the dust and debris deposited on the driveway. A good cleaner to consider is the SHIFT-IT PATIO/DRIVEWAY Cleaner available from Swiss Seal. This has an extremely powerful formula for removing black spots from patios and driveways and thoroughly cleans and powers through stubborn dirt and grime for clean surfaces. You can use it on block paving, concrete flags, steps, paths, and other outdoor hard surfaces and not just your new concrete driveway.
3. Wear safety gear
It might sound obvious, but you need to protect your eyes and skin while sealing your driveway. All liquids can splash and the last thing you want is a trip to the hospital following a spillage that ends up in your eyes. Ideally you should wear protective goggles and gloves and make sure you have suitable footwear. We would also recommend long trousers and a long-sleeved T-shirt to protect your skill from any irritation that might be caused by the sealer.
4. Get the right tools for the job
Before you start, make sure you have all the correct tools you will need to seal the driveway and perhaps carry out any minor maintenance work that you notice needs attention. You can view a full range of tools you might need from sites that have specialist concrete driveway tools.
5. Test a small area of the driveway before you start
To make sure you like the final appearance of your driveway, it is important to test a small area of the surface before you start applying the sealer. Choose an unobtrusive area on the driveway, preferable in a small corner area away from the front of the house and apply a little bit of sealer on the driveway. Let it dry completely and then see if it is the way you want it. It will generally lighted as it dries so make sure it’s completely dry before deciding to seal the entire driveway. Hopefully, if you follow our tips on sealing a concrete driveway, you should avoid any mishaps and have a lovely, clean sealed driveway that will last for years and years.