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    How Long Does The Seal on Concrete Driveway Last?

    The seal on your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is a very important aspect of the appearance and integrity of your driveway. Regularly resealing your pattern imprinted concrete drive will keep it looking good and will help to prevent damage occurring.

    The length of time that any one coat of sealant will last depends on a number of factors; we can’t give a definitive answer as to how long the seal will last. You need to take into account on the amount of traffic your driveway will see, along with other potential causes of delamination and wear-and-tear. You should keep an eye out for any cosmetic problems with your driveway and try to deal with them as soon as possible. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the seal on a pattern imprinted concrete driveway that we’ve installed.

    We’d suggest that your driveway should ideally be resealed at least every two years. The resealing process is a relatively simple one, and we offer a competitive complete resealing service to our existing customers and to people who have had driveways installed by other contractors.

    An easy way to increase the longevity of the seal on your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is to regularly clean your drive. Sweeping your driveway and/or washing it with a pressure washer on a low pressure setting removes the kind of chemicals and organic matter that can lead to some common driveway problems.

    When Can We Reseal?

    As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, maintaining your pattern imprinted concrete driveway is important. It’ll ensure the longevity of the driveway, and make sure that it stays visually appealing. And the one sure fire way to maintain your driveway is to have it resealed. This should ideally be done every two years or so, with five years being the suggested maximum gap between reseals.

    People can do their own reseals, and you can buy sealant in some retailers and online. But we also offer a reseal service, with a guarantee that the job will be completed to the same high standards of all of our pattern imprinted concrete driveway installations.

    Resealing a pattern imprinted driveway doesn’t take very long, but it does need to be completed during dry weather. The aim or resealing is to protect your pattern imprinted concrete driveway against water and other environmental factors. So if a driveway that’s had sealant freshly applied to it gets rained on, it can compromise the effectiveness of the sealant.

    Moisture getting trapped between the surface of a pattern imprinted concrete driveway and the sealant applied to it can lead to problems like blooming, which mar the appearance of the driveway. That’s why we try to organise all of the reseals that we do for our customers during the summer months. And, if you’re planning to reseal your own driveway, we’d suggest that you do the same.

    If you’d like to contact us to discuss arranging a reseal for your pattern imprinted concrete driveway, there’s a simple online form available here

    Winter Re-sealing Of Driveways

    Once again the nights are drawing in, the weather is against us, but most importantly we have lost the air temperature. For re-sealing this is the most important factor to achieve optimum results. While it is achievable to seal a drive and avoid the Blooming of the seal. It is difficult to reseal a drive, without the ambient conditions needed to achieve a satisfactory result. I.e. warm air temperature to allow the seal to dry and dry conditions to apply the seal. At this time of the year we seem to have neither. For this reason it is advisable to postpone resealing until conditions are more favourable.

    Any drives that we fit during the winter months may suffer an element of blooming. It is important for customers to recognise this early and book in a free reseal as soon as possible. Rule of thumb is resealing commences as the clocks go forward or as prevailing weather conditions are deemed suitable.

    As a result of blooming occurring, it is of no detriment to the slab. The seal is designed to protect the concrete, which it does very well. Therefore customers are advised to use the drive, patio etc as normal until conditions allow us to commence resealing.

    Aesthetically, the slab my seem white, colour fade etc. The process of de-bloominging relatively cheap, simple and quick given the correct conditions as described above. The average 60m2 drive would take approx 1 hr to de-bloom.

    To avoid any disappointment it is recommended that anyone considering having their drive resealed should book as early as possible in time for spring sealing.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
    E:info@northwest-driveways.co.uk
    T: 01706 827180

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