Homeowners know the beauty that a driveway incites on the eyes of guests and themselves. Their ability to elevate the status of a home is impressive. And yet, they almost always face the changing weather, and they may be neglected for a long time even with the damage. However, deterioration is no ordinary event as it may cost you a pretty buck to have professionals like us over to your residence for repairs. The best way to keep your driveway in top shape is by using a good sealer.
That’s the reason why we prefer the healing properties of a good sealer on your driveway. The features of a proper sealer help maintain your driveway for the longest time. The paving industry has a variety of good sellers, and here are some of them:
The reason most clients have sought our advice is based on their unresolved questions on sealer safety. Driveways are meant to maintain excellent traction for both pedestrians and vehicular use. Therefore, your choice of sealer should be based on how resistant the surface is to slip. The state of Brooklyn has safety guidelines on slip resistance that we, as paving contractors, have to meet when sealing driveways. It should meet these guidelines when the surface is dry or wet.
The thickness of the sealer and the texture levels in the concrete contribute to the slipperiness of the driveway. A sealer with lots of resin and high gloss content has a high capability of being very slippery. A solvent-based or water-based sealer with low gloss has a lower risk of causing a slippery surface. Penetrating sealers are the best option for preventing a slippery surface rather than using glossy sealers seeing as its gloss content is zero.
The performance of any sealer is different from any other and depends on branding and other detailed complexities. However, the lasting effect of each sealer may be up to 3 years. This length of days depends on the quality of the solids in the sealer and the climate of the area. The chances are that the prices of the sealers are equated to the quality of their performance. Your local store may have low-grade sealers, but with us, you are assured of quality sealers for your driveway.
You may already have an idea of how you wish the finish of your driveway to resemble. Most solvent-based sealers have a gloss level of 80 to 100 and a finished look of glossy to a high gloss. Water-based solutions, on the other hand, range between 50 to 80 on gloss level and matte to semi-gloss as a finish. Another type is the penetrating sealer that has no gloss level or finishes at all. 100 is the highest level of gloss, and your choice will depend on what appearance you desire for your driveway. Always remember to experiment on the level of gloss at a hidden section of your driveway before committing to applying it entirely.
Solvent-based sealers have a better darkening effect of the concrete than water-based solvents. They enhance the appearance to match that of a newly installed driveway. Sealers with a higher resin content provide a higher gloss, differentiating it from water-based solvents that may only be able to impart a semi-gloss appearance. The last kind of sealer is the penetrating sealer that only serves to conceal damages but does not improve the outlook of the driveway. However, in our experience, most clients will seek out a more natural look that calls for them to pick either no gloss or matte appearances.