Beautiful, decorative concrete on a driveway or patio enhances a home. However, over time the colours can fade, and the surface can show signs of wear and tear. To prevent such deterioration, you should seal the surface regularly. Here are several tips to help you plan your concrete sealing project.
Sealant comes in two basic types: ones that penetrate the surface and ones that form a hard layer on top. Penetrating sealants bond with the cement and block the tiny pores to prevent liquids and elements from causing stains. Penetrating sealants, on the other hand, form a protective coating on the surface. Penetrating sealants and acrylic topical sealers have the benefit of allowing water vapour to escape from the concrete so that it doesn't become trapped inside to cause damage and blistering on the paving.
You may wonder which to choose for your installation. If you want to protect a concrete driveway with a natural matte finish, you may consider a penetrating sealant that stops grease and oil from ruining its appearance. On the other hand, if you want to enhance the beauty of decorative concrete, you may prefer a topical sealer that will heighten the colours and create resistance to staining and scuffs. Your contractor can advise you on which type will best suit your installation.
You also need to consider the safety of a paving surface around your home. The concrete's safety is affected by its texture and shine level. Penetrating sealants are invisible, so they don't add a sheen that could become slippery during rain, making them perfect for driveways.
However, the texture of stamped concrete can increase traction and make paving safer. Thus, you might prefer a topical sealant that imbues a lovely sheen across the surface and rely on the dents and grooves in the cement to increase the safety level. You can also add anti-slip additives to sealants to form a grainy topcoat.
As well as protecting concrete and creating a safe surface, sealants also beautify a yard. You can choose between the wet look that reflects light off decorative paving, or go with a matte look, which is ideal for retaining the organic appearance of faux natural stone pavers.
Regularly sealing the concrete will help to prolong its life and protect it from the elements. In addition, it will prevent staining and minimise wear and tear. Additionally, the sealant will intensify the hues and patterns in decorative concrete and prevent the paving from looking faded and worn.