A driveway can often be the most of amount of money you spend on a house (after you have bought it) and it also one of the first things you see when looking at a property – so you want to keep it looking as new as possible for as long as possible!
As long as your pattern imprinted concrete driveway has been installed correctly, there really are only a few factors to ensure this happens. The key is driveway sealing.
Do I need to seal my driveway?
A pattern imprinted concrete driveway or patio has to be sealed. Without the sealant, you risk the colour coming away from your concrete drive with bad weather or cars driving over it with warm tyres.
Sealant reduces the risk of your driveway discolouring and cracking, and it really is the protective layer to concrete.
If anything is spilt on your driveway i.e. oil, it is much easier to clean up if the area has been sealed. That’s why it’s vital to seal your driveway or patio.
Understanding driveway sealer and its costs
Acrylic sealer is a great solution for putting on pattern imprinted concrete, because its main job is to protect and prolong the life of the concrete. The acrylic sealer prevents any spillages from damaging and staining your driveway.
A thin film is applied to the area, which can then be finished with a glossy or matt look to it.
The cost of a good driveway sealer depends on the area to be covered, but it isn’t expensive. Think of it like a top coat of paint. Given how much you’ll have spent on your concrete driveway or patio, sealing (or periodic re-sealing) is well worth it.
3 simple steps to sealing your driveway:
1) Before starting to seal your pattern imprinted concrete, you will need to make sure it is clean- no leaves, mud etc. should be on the surface as this will leave a dirty finish when sealed.
2) You must ensure that the pattern imprinted concrete is completely dry before sealing the area; this means that the expansion joints must be blown out to get rid of any water that may have seeped down. All leaves must be blown or swept off the area (with a dry brush). Leaving any moisture in the concrete or joints can cause ‘blooming’.
3) A smooth brush is needed when sealing a driveway. The seal must be poured in to a tub (which is completely dry) and the brush is dipped into the seal and a thin layer is brushed evenly over the pattern imprinted concrete
When is the best time to seal a driveway?
Sealing is best done in the months April- September, this is simply due to the fact that the temperatures are usually higher between these times and, the days are lighter for longer and there isn’t as much moisture within the air. Take a look at our video to get some further information on sealing.
What is blooming and why does it happen?
As explained above, the concrete has to be bone dry in order for the sealant to be applied. The reason for this is that if any moisture gets into the sealant a reaction happens which is commonly known as ‘blooming’.
Blooming can look different depending on the different colours/patterns used, and its severity. It can look a great deal worse than it actually sounds.
Fixing a blooming problem is easy – reseal the driveway. It is only the sealant that has changed in appearance and not the concrete or colour!
Before & After Sealing
Seal or reseal your driveway today
Our expert installers operate all across the North West, and we can seal or reseal your pattern imprinted concrete driveway for you.
We recommend resealing a drive or patio every few years to keep it in tip top shape, and we keep our costs as low as possible to help you maintain a beautiful-looking driveway.