Sealing your driveway is one part of driveway maintenance that you absolutely cannot neglect. Resealing will act as a protective layer and will keep your driveway in good condition so it can withstand the elements and last its full lifespan, rather than deteriorate prematurely. After our team performs concrete resealing in Fort Lauderdale, one of the questions we always get is when will the driveway be suitable to drive on.
It’s important that you allow it to dry for several hours before use. In this article, we will go into more detail, share valuable information on what to do before your driveway is resealed, and why you should hire a professional instead of doing it yourself.
How Often Should I Reseal My Driveway?
We recommend resealing your driveway every two years to maintain its structural integrity and add an extra layer of protection. Doing it once every two years better protects it against the elements, vehicle and foot traffic, and anything else that can cause it to erode. Because a resealed driveway improves curb appeal, you can do it more often if you would like.
When To Use Your Driveway After It Is Sealed?
The answer to this question varies because the weather is a significant factor. In South Florida, where there is usually plenty of sunlight, you can walk on your driveway approximately 2 to 4 hours after we have restored your concrete. We recommend that you wait 48 hours before parking your car, but again, because of the sunny conditions in South Florida, it can be driven on 12 to 24 hours after our team has sealed it. However, it won’t have as professional a finish as when you wait the full 48 hours.
It may be sunny in South Florida, but it is also humid. If you request our services on a humid day, we recommend you wait at least 72 hours before use. Even if the surface appears dry 48 hours later, it will still be wet underneath.
We understand that waiting 72 hours can be a minor inconvenience, which is why we recommend you contact DeLeon Restoration on a day where the temperature is high but the humidity is low. This is an ideal weather condition for resealing your driveway.
Prepare Your Driveway Before Our Services
There are some things you can do before your driveway gets sealed that will ensure a successful job. First, we recommend that you thoroughly clean it the day before sealing. There shouldn’t be any traces of dust, dirt, debris, or stains on the day of. You can also power wash it to remove any deposits that you can’t see but are embedded deep in the cracks. This may not seem like a big deal, but if anything is left behind, the sealant adheres to the concrete less effectively. Lastly, we recommend filling in all cracks present in your driveway.
While you may think you can easily handle the project on your own, we always recommend hiring a professional for their knowledge and years of experience required to handle the job quickly and correctly.
At DeLeon, we have developed a proprietary 10-step process to grind and polish concrete. This intensive process requires a lot of work but it ensures that each concrete floor we complete has a smooth, even, and beautiful appearance. Our process includes the addition of densifiers and sealers to ensure a concrete floor that not only looks great but is resistant to cracking, chipping, and stains for years to come. Finally, our sealers are offered in a matte finish to ultra-high gloss and everything in between.
Contact DeLeon Floor Restoration & Commercial Cleaning
Founded over 30 years ago, today, DeLeon is known for its honest work ethic, solid reputation, and expertise in the areas of floor care, restoration, and commercial cleaning services. For 30 years, DeLeon has been the company that professionals trust to get the job done properly, on time, and at the right price throughout greater Fort Lauderdale and South Florida. For concrete resealing in Fort Lauderdale, contact DeLeon. Call (954) 420-6951 for a free estimate.