When to Reseal Your Concrete Driveway
While it's true that concrete driveways tend to last longer than asphalt, they don't last forever. Like asphalt, they require some maintenance and care to remain intact for as long as possible.
After the initial sealing process, your concrete driveway will need to be resealed at some point to maintain the integrity of the surface. Watch out for the following signs if you're wondering how to tell when it's time to reseal your concrete surface.
When Your Concrete Begins to Dull
If your concrete surface has lost its initial shine, you should start thinking about applying a fresh coat of sealer to it. Like other surface coatings, the concrete sealer will deteriorate over time from daily battering by the elements.
Applying a fresh coat of sealer will help to protect your driveway from the elements but also give it a nice, new look.
When Cracks Start to Form on Your Concrete
Slight cracking may be another indication that your concrete sealer is no longer be effective at protecting your concrete and that a resealing job is required to prevent further damage to the concrete.
Cracks are often caused by moisture or water penetration. When concrete sealer loses its effectiveness, water may easily find its way below the concrete surface. As the water expands and contracts due to temperature fluctuations, it may form cracks on your concrete. Cracks are not only a blot on your driveway, but they may also accelerate damage to the surface.
Before resealing your driveway, you'll have to fill in all cracks properly.
After a Good Cleaning
Driveways collecting all sorts of stains from car fluids, oil, anti-freeze, tyre marks, and other unknown sources. At some point, you may decide to give your driveway a thorough cleaning to remove all those unsightly stains that it has picked up over time.
Resealing your driveway after a deep cleaning job aimed at heavy-duty stain removal is a great way to restore the aesthetics and functionality of your driveway.
How long the initial concrete sealing process lasts depends on many factors, including the quality of the installation job, the conditions that the concrete is exposed to and how well you maintain it. While there's little you can do to keep your concrete sealer from wearing down, you can always replace it. If you notice any of the above warning signs, act fast before it's too late. A concreting service can help you reseal your driveway.