Sealing outdoor concrete surfaces is an essential part ofhardscape maintenance. Concrete sealer is a lot like car wax-many people go without and then regret it when the paint peels. Sealer may not seem necessary at first, but after a few years of exposure to weather and use concrete can become discolored, stained or even flaky.
A concrete driveway or patio sealer will protect against:
·Yellowing or fading
·Dirt, mud and mold
·Lawn care chemicals
All types of exterior concrete should be sealed including plain concrete, stamped concrete, stained concrete, integrally colored concrete, exposed aggregate, stenciled concrete, engraved concrete and overlays. When a good concrete sealant is used, maintenance is easy—wash the driveway or patio with soap and water, or a degreaser designed for use on cement, and apply a fresh coat of sealer about every three years.
The best concrete sealer for a driveway, patio, pool deck or walkway is:
·Slip resistant, even when wet
Outdoors a penetrating concrete sealer is usually better than a film-forming product for safety reasons, but also because the end result will last longer and looks more realistic and natural, especially whensealing stamped concrete.