I have a rather large driveway I had installed last year late. The concrete
guy said that he was not able to seal it cause the temperatures were
dropping pretty cold and it would not set right, and that this spring would
be the time to do it. Well, it's almost spring!! I really don't wanna call
the installer everytime I need the driveway sealed cause he's a little salty
on this. I think he told me something like $350.00 to come and do it.
What is a good sealer to put on concrete that is clear or transparent that a
rookie like me can apply easily? I have near 6000 sq. ft. of concrete if
that helps any? I seen that at Lowe's and HD, they have a few sealers, but
are they any good? A gallon of that stuff they have seems a bit salty too
and you never get the coverage they advertise on those cans! Is there a
wholesaler to get the right stuff somewhere online to cut the costs? Or
what's my options for this job? A roll on sealer would be nice if one
exists? I'm not sure what to use to apply this stuff? Any personal
experiences with this?.
thompsons water seal, apply heavy. it will darken the concrete some but
water and stains will not absorb into concrete.
apply with a roller, heavy spray on my small porch I dumped it on and
broomed it around.
concrete lasts forever when sealed perodically
You missed the best time to seal it, that is before the first winter and
the accompanying salt. Where I am we have had a very mild winter with very
little salt used. I hope you were that lucky. If so doing it now should be
almost as good.
I used Thomson's on mine. I did it once. I don't believe that there is
much advantage of repeating the process as the concrete will cure of the
years and it becomes less subject to problems.
Well on older concrete the thompsons change is very obvious, water
beads up, like water does on a newly waxed car. after a few years the
beading is less obvious and goes away eventually.
to me this means it should be applied repeatedly. its not partucually
expensive for what it protects.
I did mine the first year because of the salt, but concrete becomes
rather immune to salt after a year or so. It takes concrete several
Obviously you dont have any old concrete, thats been exposed to salt.
I have seen it disengrate:( Fix and thompsons it goes forever
Well, fortunate, I don't use any salt at all on my driveway, just a snow
blower and a little sand. And if any of my vehicles drop any salt bombs, I
am quick to knock it off towards the drain or yard and to throw a hot bucket
of water over the spot.
As far as "Why" I want to seal it, well, I guess it just seems like the
thing to do. I want to protect my investment and I figure that it sure
can't hurt in guarding against leaf stains, grass stains, and maybe oil if
I'm quick on the clean up. Then again, I might be kidding myself too.
So far I have been very lucky in the fact that the cement shows no wear
anywhere at all, still looks new except for surface crud from the winter.
So is what you guys are saying is that I should not worry about sealing it
at all after the 1st or 2nd year?? Also, it sounds as though most use
Thompson's Water Seal? Is that as good as the actual specific "Driveway
I don't know guys, it seems to me that a little investment, might pay off
big time after a few years. Like an insurance policy, is how I'm looking at
Any and all other thoughts are welcome!
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