You may be under the impression that a concrete driveway never needs maintenance. This is only half true. While it is true that a concrete driveway requires less upkeep than an asphalt one, they still form cracks and deterioration if left under harsh conditions too long. Asphalt driveways normally apply a sealcoat to prevent this from happening, and although it is less common, concrete driveways give you this option too. So should you seal a concrete driveway? Here is what you need to know!
The Benefits of Sealing a Concrete Driveway
Sealing a concrete driveway offers many advantages to a homeowner that they would not receive otherwise. For one, you will not have to worry as much about how your driveway responds to weather conditions. Things such as water and ice will come into contact with your concrete less since sealing it offers a layer of protection between the two. This reduces water damage and keeps potholes away. Overall the assurance provided by sealing a concrete driveway far outweighs the minimal cost required to apply it.
How Much Does it Cost?
Now that you know the benefits of sealing a concrete driveway, it is time to discuss the price. You will be happy to know that concrete sealer is relatively inexpensive and does not require much work to apply. The only reason a project like this could get pricey is if your driveway has major existing damages already present in its structure. It is imperative that you fix these before applying your sealant. Otherwise, your unaddressed problems will ruin your concrete.
After you have filled in any cracks or potholes that have formed in your driveway, it is finally time to seal it. You can either hire a professional to do this or make it a DIY project. It is important to note that if you have never done this before, you might do more harm than good. If you do not feel confident, then consult a company to ensure that you get the best outcome possible.
How Often Should You Seal a Concrete Driveway?
Unlike asphalt, which is seal coated annually, you should seal your concrete driveway once every 4-5 years. Overdoing it can ruin the texture of the surface and is generally a waste of money. If you have not sealed your concrete driveway before, or it has been a while, then consider looking into it. Doing so will keep your driveway looking fresh and extend its life.
How Can We Serve You?
The professional paving contractors at Sipes Asphalt & Concrete know the ideal conditions for pouring concrete or asphalt. Whether it’s a new driveway, parking lot, or crack sealing, we’ve got you covered. Call Sipes for your paving estimate and the best paving solutions in the Indianapolis area.