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Old 02-10-2017, 11:10 AM   #1
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Do concrete driveways require maintenance?


I always thought you should put a concrete sealer on the driveways, to repel water, dirt, etc. But I live next to a bunch of NJ/NY people and they laughed at me and said "You don't need to seal the driveways down here in NC, there's hardly any freezing." So I guess I would just come on here and ask if I need to do this.

I have a 2 year old concrete driveway and was thinking of pressure-washing it this Spring and putting a concrete sealer on it. Which type of concrete sealer should I use and what brand do you recommend? Can I just do this myself with a sprayer or roller? I remember asking a Lowe's customer rep one time on why they don't have any concrete sealers in stock and his reply was, "People don't think concrete needs maintenance and they never buy anything, so we don't carry that stuff."

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I'm not sure about a sealer (Michigan). But my nice new driveway has severe problem from water underneath. It's corroding away. I'll have to install some drainage along one (higher) side I guess.

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Ayuh,... 'round here the only maintenance needed on a concrete driveway, is to plow the snow off it this time of year,...
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Must have spoken to the right person, both Lowe's and HD carry concrete sealer in the paint area.
Never once seen anyone use it on a driveway, but it would do no harm if you did.
I just pressure wash my walkways once a year and they look like new.
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No need for sealers in temperate mild climates. eg, never heard of, or seen anyone , doing it in coastal Calif. In a freezing climate, if moisture penetrates and freezes, then over several years time the surface may start "spalling" off.

Sealer may keep oil stains & such from soaking into concrete, but don't really know. If I get a drip, I try to clean it off promptly.
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You do get some freeze-thaw cycles down there I'm sure, so it woud be somewhat beneficial to use a good quality penetrating sealer.

Even w/o alot of f-t cycles, a good sealer will help keep the concrete cleaner and looking newer longer. I prefer solvent-based silane or siloxane sealers from a few reputable manufactureres, none of which you'll find at the big box stores. I like TK Final Seal siloxane & Euco Brraicade 40 silane, as my local ready-mix plant supplies them. You can find many other good options locally I'm sure, such as Prosoco, WR Meadows, Specco, Sonneborn, etc.... and skip the relatively expensive shipping charges.
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sealer's not a bad idea - just because many don't seal is no reason to avoid maintaining your investment,,, many are ignorant but a few are stupid, too,,, i'm w/jo - solvent bas'd is better'n wtr-bas'd,,, we use prosoco, meadows, & sonneborn products - avail @ any const supply house,,, another maint item is joint cleaning/sealing,,, conc slabs change size due to temp changes (larger in hot weather, smaller in cold ), therefore joints open & close,,, when closing, incompressibles lead to joint spalling ( damage )

note - if moisture penetrates & damage occurs, its more likely orig conc didn't contain enough air for freeze climate use, delay from 1 truck to the next causing a horizontal cold jnt, OR improper finishing imn-s-hfo

btw, we rarely find expertise in materials either @ apron OR vest stores
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you can do it - we can help ! indeed !
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My concrete contractor advised me to use a good sealer on it for 2 years after he poured my driveway. I thought it was a good idea for a few bucks
more to preserve my investment. This is it's 3rd winter and it is holding
up well but with our winters here time will tell.





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I always thought concrete sealers were more for the polished concrete crowd.
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I always thought concrete sealers were more for the polished concrete crowd.



Sealer is a broad term, they are not all alike, some are topical and some are penetrating, you get what you pay for.
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imho, the best sealer readily avail is ' CSS ' - a methyl-metharcylate laced solvent bas'd materiall
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Well everyone is entitled to their opinion, but CSS is an acrylic sealer, which makes it a topical, and needs to be maintained on a regular basis, i'll stick with the silane/siloxane penetrating sealer, which is much longer lasting without maintenance every year or two until something better comes along.
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forgot it was a d/w < > we cut css 1.5xylene/1css & roll/spray on 2 coats so it does penetrate,,, d/w's different - i'm w/you, woody,,, good catch

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