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Due to concrete’s porous nature, it will absorb traces of whatever substances come into contact with it. Though most of these will be completely inert, there are some chemical substances which will actively damage concrete. Also, concrete can be damaged by water saturation, especially in autumn and winter months when rainfall is likely to be at its heaviest.
In order to protect the surface of your concrete, it needs to be sealed; this should be completed once the concrete has been poured and leveled, and has cured. There are a number of different types of seal available, matching the requirements of the surface-type. Sealant for driveway concrete, for example, will protect your concrete against spilt oil, chemicals picked up from the road by the tires of your car, and precipitation.
Sealant should be reapplied every 1 or 2 years, depending on the amount of usage and traffic that your concrete driveway is subject to. This is especially true of concrete which has been pattern imprinted, colour stained, or dyed, as failing to reseal your driveway can cause permanent damage to the appearance of the surface design and the quality of the colouring.
Resealing is a relatively simple process. First, you must ensure that your driveway has been thoroughly cleaned. Then the appropriate sealant solution (combined with a non-slip admixture) is applied to the surface. Finally, the sealant must be allowed to dry, usually for 24 hours, although some types of sealant may take longer.
By correctly caring for your driveway you can maintain its appearance as well as its integrity. A regular reseal is a relatively simple but entirely necessary step in order to ensure that your concrete surface remains as appealing as it was when you first had it installed.
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25th December 2009