How To Reseal Concrete To Restore Its Original Beauty!
Your concrete patio or driveway has to deal with the wear and tear of mother nature, so that means once in awhile you’ll have to take the time to reseal it to restore it to its original brilliance! This process might seem a little intimidating at first, but it’s really not as bad as it seems. And we’re here to walk you through the steps to make sure you’re confident and prepared.
After countless snow days, intense heat waves, tornado season, or endless rain, your concrete is bound to take a hit … or two. And that’s to be expected! But living with a dull driveway or patio doesn’t have to be your new reality. Instead, take time to reseal it so it shines just as bright as the day you first got it.
Step 1: Clean it!
We suggest pressure washing your concrete with a cone tip for best results. The goal here is to just get dirt, debris; and maybe even some old, chipping sealant washed away. Once you’re done cleaning and pressure washing it, be sure to let it dry. Be mindful, though, that just because it looks dry doesn’t mean it’s completely dry yet. Try to wait 48-hours if possible, that way you know it’s dry internally as well.
Step 2: Time it just right.
Unfortunately, applying a sealer on your concrete is influenced by the weather. You need fairly moderate weather when applying– think fall and spring. If it’s around 41F to 70F then you’re all set, but also be mindful of the rain forecast!
And not only is weather a factor, but the time of day you apply the sealer can influence the outcome. You’ll want to wait until the afternoon to start your sealing process. If you put it on in the morning, you’ll probably end up with moisture trying to escape as a vapor as the day heats up. By sealing it in the morning, you’re increasing the chances of blistering, bubbles, or blushing in your concrete.
Just like morning dew on your grass, your concrete surfaces are also wet in the mornings. You’ll want to wait to begin the sealing process until they’ve had a chance to air out and dry up!
Step 3: Pick a sealer and follow their directions.
There are tons of different sealer options, so picking the right one for your climate and needs is very important. Here is a list of different types of sealers that work best for specific needs. The sealer will let you know how it should be applied– spray, paint roller, stiff brush– so trust them when they tell you what tools you should be using. But when applying, try and apply in small sections at a time so you’re less likely to miss spots and are more likely to have an even application.
And once you’re done applying the first coat, you’ll have to wait about 24-hours before applying the second coat. Basically wait until the sealer isn’t sticky to the touch before applying the second coat. Once done with the second coat, wait another 48-hours to cure before you hose it off and leave it alone for 10 days to adhere.