13 May Should you seal your driveway?
You might be planning on sealing your existing driveway in the coming weeks or you could be thinking about investing in a new driveway, and wondering whether to proceed with sealing the driveway too. Whichever situation you are in, there are a few factors to consider regarding driveway sealer.
What is driveway sealing?
Driveway sealing is a process used to protect and maintain your driveways for years to come. A protective coating, known as a sealant, is applied to the surface of the driveway to protect the material underneath. The idea of the sealant is to preserve the feel of the driveway, so it doesn’t need to be looked after as much and is a cost-effective solution as the driveway won’t need to be maintained as much as it was before.
Benefits of driveway sealing
Maintenance: A new driveway will not only reduce the maintenance needed for your driveway, but it will also give the driveway a fresh new look.
Weather Protection: A popular driveway choice is block paving. With block paving driveways, water becomes an issue as it can loosen the sand between the slabs. However it’s not just blocked paving driveways, any sort of harsh weather on a driveway can cause damage to an unsealed driveway. Sealing your block paving driveway creates a waterproof layer on top of the surface and protects the sand from the water.
Appearance: Sealants can significantly improve surface appearance and can do in different ways. Sealing the driveway blocks the harmful UV rays and prevents the colour of the paving stones from fading. The sealant can make the colour of the paving stones stand out, providing them with a clear and clean finish.
Negatives of driveway sealing
The sealant may preserve the life of your driveway, however, the coating may only last for around two years before you need to replace it. We have discussed the many ways the seal coating can help protect your driveway; however, we should mention the seal may not always be perfect. The seal will perform as an effective solution as the majority of cracks will be removed, however, a few cracks still may form, just in a lower quantity.
Key factors to consider
One of the most important factors to consider when you come to seal your driveway is that it’s clean otherwise the dirt and grime can cause damage such as staining and discolouration when you have applied the sealer.
You should also be aware of the different sealers, as with a concrete driveway there is a range of sealers available that you can use. Our range of sealers here at Color Pave will prevent stains as much as possible, and will keep your driveway looking fresh.
Here at Color Pave, we believe the benefits outweigh the negatives when it comes to sealing your driveway, but ultimately the decision is yours. If you have any further questions about sealing your driveway, please give us a call at 01772 701474.