There’s no denying that the word ‘sealing’ brings to mind another word… ’protection.’ In most cases, sealing up driveways sounds (and is) a wise decision, especially after pressure washing a driveway. But whether or not a driveway needs sealing will depend on:
- Materials used in its construction
- When it was last sealed
- Frequency of cleanings
- Staining potential
Let’s discuss the benefits of professional pressure washing driveways, the perks of sealing them, as well as material considerations and frequency of sealant applications.
It All Begins With Pressure Washing the Driveway
Sealing without cleaning first is a huge mistake that only a novice would make. However, getting out all of the dirt and grime along with stains is a must before permanently securing them onto the driveway’s surface with a sealer. Beyond prepping for sealing treatments, there are numerous reasons for pressure washing driveways on a routine basis.
Routine cleaning keeps your driveway appealing for yourself and others. Whether you are dealing with a driveway for a residence or a commercial enterprise, curb appeal is important. Not only does it give guests and neighbors an impression of how well you maintain your property, but it can affect the valuation of homes and businesses in the neighborhood. Professional pressure washing for driveways doesn’t cost a fortune.
Pressure washing your driveway using the right stain removers and experienced technicians can remove debris and accumulations, including oil and animal droppings, quickly and effectively. Beyond appearances, clean driveways tend to maintain their integrity longer than surfaces with long-term stains embedded into them. Protect your investment by having your driveway pressure washed as needed.
Should I Seal My Driveway’s Surface After Pressure Washing?
Many materials commonly used to create driveways, such as concrete and pavers, are porous, so they tend to soak up liquids and stains like a sponge. Oil leaks, blood, and sticky residues can absorb and result in stubborn stains. However, using a driveway sealant after pressure washing can help prevent these stains from becoming permanent features in your driveway.
Sealants serve as a barrier between porous materials and the elements, and they further make cleaning driveways much easier in the future. Sealants are semi-permanent in most situations for driveways, as they are constantly exposed to the elements that will slowly erode away the materials. Erosion may be hastened by power or pressure washing services, depending on the material and frequency of cleanings. Because of this potential for erosion, it is important for you to hire a professional pressure washing crew to pressure wash your driveway so all the necessary precautions can be taken to avoid costly mistakes.
While the driveway sealant is effective, it works in favor of owners in many ways. In most cases, sealant will last for years, and its presence makes cleaning with a standard garden hose feasible between professional pressure washings. It also helps prevent mold and dirt from penetrating surfaces, so the driveway can have a like-new look for years to come.
Another perk of maintaining a good coat of sealant on the driveway is that it helps to preserve its integrity by shielding the surface from ultraviolet light. A sealant is particularly important if the driveway materials are colored or especially porous. Colors can fade while water seeping into materials can promote staining from lichen, mold, and moss.
Driveway Materials and Driveway Sealing Considerations
Again, the materials used to make the driveway are a major determining factor in deciding if and when to seal a driveway. Here are some typical driveway surfaces used and what to consider when determining whether or not to add a sealant.
Concrete and Brick Driveways
Concrete and brick are very durable, and they can last for decades without sealing. However, if you live in a rainy, extremely cold, or fairly hot climate, applying a sealant will prolong the lifespan of these driveways. You should add a driveway sealant every 3-5 years to keep water from penetrating the surface, which could result in cracks.
Sealing after pressure washing pavers or cobblestone is somewhat optional for most owners, as they are very resilient because they come from nature themselves and can withstand the elements. However, sealing can give them a semi-gloss appearance that enhances their natural hues and makes them easier to clean while improving stain resistance.
As with any major roadway, asphalt is best sealed in driveways. The chances of oil damage and the hot sun take their toll in time, and a good sealant every three years or so can be a huge asset after pressure washing.
Want a Cleaner Driveway That’s Ready for Sealant?
If you need pressure washing services for your driveways, walkways, sidewalks, or garden pavers, contact a location near you for a free quote today. We have highly trained pressure washing crews that have extensive experience in getting your driveway looking its best while maintaining the integrity of the materials.