Keep your driveway or patio performing at its best with a high-quality concrete sealer from Ace. Applying a sealer to your driveway doesn't just extend its life – it can also be used to add color and gloss that's great for decorative concrete spaces. Discover the right driveway sealer for your needs, then browse application and maintenance tools for convenient asphalt care.
Types of Driveway Sealers
There are several different types of driveway sealers, including water-based, solvent-based, and penetrating styles. Get more information on some of our top-rated driveway coatings to pick the right one for your needs.
One of the most popular choices for driveway sealers, acrylic-resin styles form a film over your driveway to protect the concrete from dirt, water and wear. Water-based acrylic-resin sealers offer good coverage with environmentally-friendly quality, while solvent-based styles have more volatile compounds but tend to be more durable. Some acrylic-resin sealers are also blended with additional ingredients to help improve water-resistant and dirt-resistant properties.
Penetrating Resin Sealers
While classic acrylic-resin styles form a film that covers your concrete, penetrating sealers fill the tiny gaps in the concrete to create one solid structure. This prevents the concrete from absorbing damaging particles of water and dirt. Penetrating sealers also offer more driveway traction, as they don't form a slippery film like an acrylic-resin sealer.
Choosing the Right Driveway Sealer
Each type of asphalt sealer offers unique benefits for your driveway or patio. When shopping for a concrete driveway sealer, it's important to consider safety, appearance and desired maintenance levels.
Every concrete surface should be easy to walk or drive on without the risk of slipping. While most blacktop sealers are safe when they are dry, others perform better when wet and make a safer choice for outdoor concretes.
Generally, penetrating sealers offer the greatest traction as they don't form a film over your driveway. However, film-forming sealers can be made safer with additives and matte application styles. Thinner and lower-gloss sealers tend to be less slippery, and you can add grit or an anti-slip additive for additional safety.
Different types of driveway sealcoating offer different levels of color and gloss, making it easy to customize the appearance of your driveway. Penetrating sealers usually have a matte appearance, while water-based styles have some gloss and solvent-based styles have mid-gloss to high-gloss. If you're unsure how each style will affect your concrete, test a small sample on a corner of your driveway and allow it to dry before applying a full coat.
Even the best asphalt sealcoating has to be reapplied eventually, but the lifespan can vary between types. Film-forming sealers typically perform well for one to three years, while a penetrating sealer can last up to ten. While both styles offer good performance, it's important to consider how often you'll want to reapply when choosing your asphalt driveway sealer.
Sealer Application and Maintenance Supplies
Once you've found the perfect driveway coating, it's time for the right application tools and maintenance supplies. Browse sturdy brushes for easy sealer application, or shop asphalt driveway repair and crack filler to keep your concrete in peak condition. Then, finish off your patio and driveway repairs with grout and stone sealers
to keep your entire outdoor space looking its best.
If you're looking for advice on finding the best driveway sealer, drop by your local Ace for helpful tips on types, application and maintenance of concrete sealers from our expert staff.