If you have a concrete driveway or sidewalk, you undoubtedly want it to last as long as possible. In many cases, that means residential sealcoating of the concrete. Sealcoating will add to the costs of your concrete, but can add many years to its lifetime, while also reducing its maintenance needs.
What Is Residential Concrete Sealcoating?
Sealcoating simply means topping a concrete or asphalt slab with a mixture of tar, silica/sand, and polymers which are designed to create a solid surface on top of the slab. When mixed and applied properly, the sealcoating completely covers all exposed concrete. This adds substantial protection to the concrete slab!
The biggest benefit is that it protects the concrete from ultraviolet rays. Long-term exposure to sunlight can degrade many types of concrete, which leads to more cracking, potholes, and other issues.
The sealcoat also protects against direct damage. The surface will be able to stand up to more traffic, even from larger or working vehicles, without being harmed. The sealcoat is effective against weather as well, so that rain, ice, or snow won’t get into the concrete and damage it from within. This is particularly important in areas that see deep freezes during the winter since those can easily crack unprotected concrete.
Finally, it makes your concrete or asphalt slab easier to clean. Car fluids such as oil or antifreeze will be trapped on the surface, rather than making their way into the concrete itself. Any spills can simply be washed away, or wiped up, without staining the concrete.
Important Points If You’re Considering Residential Sealcoating
First, be sure to check with your city planning office to learn any regulations about concrete coating in your area. Some types of sealcoats are banned in some cities or counties.
Also, be aware that sealcoating should only be applied to a concrete surface that’s already in good shape. If there are cracks, holes, or other issues, those will need to be repaired before it can be sealcoated. This may add to the cost.
Finally, sealcoats may need to be periodically reapplied, but only after a few years. Sealcoating too often can lead to buildup that reduces the effectiveness of the coat.
Raleigh Turns to Blalock Paving for Concrete and Asphalt Services
If you have a concrete driveway, sidewalk, or patio that needs protecting, sealcoating might be the solution! For over 50 years, Blalock Paving has provided expert concrete services across The Triangle, and we’ll ensure you get the best sealing solution for your needs.