If you are looking for a way to better protect your driveway against the elements, then resealing is the answer. Resealing will help prevent cracks and damage from forming on your driveway, and ensures it retains that “brand new” look. It also seals any gaps that may have formed due to changes in temperature or pressure.
Remember, your driveway is the one of the first elements people see as they drive past or arrive at your property, so it’s only right that you want to keep it looking the best it can.
However, some people don’t know what driveway resealing actually entails or how often they should reseal their driveway. So, with that in mind, we are going to discuss everything you need to know about this vital procedure.
What is Driveway Resealing?
Driveway resealing is the process of applying an acrylic sealer to an existing concrete driveway to protect it from wear and tear as well as environmental factors such as changes in temperature or pressure.
By resealing your driveway, you can dramatically reduce the chances of your driveway (or patio) discolouring or developing cracks. It’s even more important for imprinted concrete driveways, since concrete is susceptible to outdoor elements after years of exposure.
However, all types of driveways and patios can be restored to their former glory after this process, including block paving.
How Often Should You Have Your Driveway Resealed?
Good question. The answer is it depends on your specific driveway. However, we would always recommend undertaking resealing at least every three to five years. This gives you the best chance of keeping your driveway in tip-top condition for as long as possible.
Waiting longer than five years will allow larger cracks and other deformities to appear that may not necessarily be as easily fixed or restored.
What Does Driveway Resealing Involve?
The first step of the process is to perform a deep clean of the driveway surface. The concrete needs to be free of all forms of debris such as leaves, mud, weeds, and anything else protruding from the surface. Anything left on the surface of the concrete will be sealed in and leave a poor finish, so getting it as clean as physically possible is vital. Pressure washing is usually the best method for achieving a spotless driveway.
Next, the concrete driveway needs to be left for a period to dry out completely. This period can be as long as 24 hours, depending on the weather.
It’s vital that there is no rain in the forecast as the driveway needs to be completely dry before resealing can start. Otherwise, a phenomenon known as “blooming” occurs, whereby the moisture in the driveway reacts with the acyclic sealant to leave an undesirable finish.
Finally, once the driveway has been cleaned and thoroughly dried out, the sealant application can begin. The best way to apply the sealant is by using a smooth brush and thinly brushing it into the concrete.
When Is the Best Time to Reseal Your Driveway?
As you can probably guess, the best time to undertake driveway resealing is during the warmer months of the year, when there is less moisture in the air. We generally undertake our resealing treatments between April and September, as there are enough dry days with warm sunshine to dry out the concrete before and after treatment.
Even though you can have dry and warm days outside of this window, the moisture levels in the atmosphere are much higher from October to March, so we wouldn’t recommend undertaking a driveway resealing treatment during this period.
Why Choose Pattern Concrete Surfacing UK for Your Driveway Resealing?
When thinking about having your driveway resealed, you need to enlist the help of a professional outfit such as Pattern Concrete Surfacing UK. Not only do we have experienced operatives that know how to identify problem areas and devise long-lasting solutions, but we also have commercial-grade equipment to give your driveway a deep clean and a sealant finish that you simply couldn’t achieve yourself.
Our CRYSTALSEAL acrylic driveway sealer is widely regarded as the best in the business, and we use industrial pressure washers to achieve the deepest clean possible before application. Not only will this sealer protect your driveway surface against the elements, but it will also enhcnace3 the colour of your driveway, leaving it looking brand new.