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MidrangeMan

join:2000-09-22
Schaumburg, IL

New concrete driveway ... should it be sealed?

I just had a new concrete driveway installed ... when I was getting the estimate the guy mentioned that I might want to have it sealed.

Is sealing a concrete driveway highly recommended?

Thanks

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horsemouth
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Yes..... but wait.



Ken
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reply to MidrangeMan

If it was my driveway, I would. Many people however don't do it.



MidrangeMan

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Schaumburg, IL
reply to horsemouth

said by horsemouth:

Yes..... but wait.
How long?
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Given your location about mid Oct before the winter weather sets in.



rfhar
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reply to MidrangeMan

I was told to wait on mine then do it a second time two years later and that would be enough.



MidrangeMan

join:2000-09-22
Schaumburg, IL
reply to MidrangeMan

Thanks folks ... I'll be getting the driveway sealed in a few months then.

david


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My driveway's about 20 years old and has never been sealed. I'd thought about doing it, as ice REALLY sticks into the pores every winter and is hard to scrape it off.

Can an older driveway be sealed? If so, what would be a good product to apply?

edit to fix mipselling.



rockotman
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I have used Meadows C&S 309 every other year on my driveway and walkway since I had the driveway put in 14 years ago. I do it myself with a hand-pumped sprayer. It keeps it looking like new, and protects it during the winter from the lovely road salt that my township uses when it snows. I usually do it in late September, just because the leaves start falling around here in October, and it makes it kind of difficult to spray the driveway and keep leaves from sticking if you wait too long.
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medbuyer

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reply to MidrangeMan

might be a stupid question...but what does sealing do for the driveway?


garys_2k
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Farmington, MI

Makes it more resistant to oil stains and helps keep ice from sticking as tightly. Basically, seals the surface pores.



rockotman
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It also prevents water from getting under the surface, which can lead to spalling and cracking during vicious winter freeze/thaw cycles.
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lev
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Would sealing make a driveway more slippery when wet?



cdru
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said by lev:

Would sealing make a driveway more slippery when wet?
Possibly slightly, but only if you put it on heavy enough to smooth out the texture (or if it was very smooth to begin with). You are sealing the really small holes that water seeps into. Think of concrete kind of like a sponge. You can fill in the small holes while still leaving the larger texture free to provide some grip.
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lev
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I didn't think of this until after my last post, but isn't it also possible to texture the sealer itself?



cdru
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said by lev:

I didn't think of this until after my last post, but isn't it also possible to texture the sealer itself?
I'd think that you would want to apply the texture under the sealant. Applied as part of the sealant, you would essentially be using the sealant as the "glue" to stick it down. Kind of like sandpaper, the more traffic it receives the texture would slowly wear away as the sealant isn't really made to hold the granules in.

If you want to provide a sealed, anti-slip surface, you might check into epoxies with granules. They are more expensive, but will wear much, much longer. My church installed a brand that resembled a thinned out version of what is used on truck beds for a set of back stairs as well as our baptistery and it looks like new even after several years of wear.
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lev
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Yeah, that's what I was thinking of. Expoy with granules.

There's a Whole Foods in Evanston that has this on their outside ramps. It provides great traction and lasts forever.



cdru
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said by lev:

There's a Whole Foods in Evanston that has this on their outside ramps. It provides great traction and lasts forever.
You just need to make sure that it was designed for vehicle traffic. Hot tire liftoff is common with cheaper products where a tire that has become hot from driving around will basically melt the epoxy or paint and stick to the tire, leaving a nice bare spot on the concrete.
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