SEALING CONCRETE. IS THIS DIY PROJECT WORTH DOING YOURSELF?
Updated: Nov 22, 2020
Sealants work by blocking the pores of the concrete and create a protective layer to help stop dirt becoming ingrained. Whether you're sealing a concrete driveway, garage floor, or side path, sealing concrete is a good way to protect it from extreme weather elements, oil stains and general wear and tear, whilst producing an attractive finish that is easier to clean and maintain.
IS THIS DIY PROJECT WORTH DOING MYSELF?
Many people at the end of a DIY project realise they were better off calling an expert to do the job. Why? Most experts have professional equipment, purchase in bulk and have the knowhow which helps avoid risks such as chemical burns and poor quality finishes due to lack of application expertise.
LET'S LOOK AT WHAT IS INVOLVED IN PREPARING CONCRETE BEFORE SEALING IT
If your concrete is newly laid, it's not likely to have oil stains or heavy dirt stains. However, it still requires a good clean from dust and dirt, along with etching to prepare it before sealing.
If your concrete has embedded dirt stains, oil stains or old sealants, you will need to remove all this before adding your new sealant.
Embedded dirt and oil stains will most likely require a high pressure washer to remove.
Removing old sealants may require an acid clean
If mould is present, you'll need a mould treatment to remove it. If your mould is a result of a leaking tap, it is recommended you fix the source of the problem.
If you don't have a high pressure cleaner, add hiring or purchasing costs
Price various cleaning and preparation agents required for your project size
Include cost of safety equipment, particularly if using an acid wash.
Sealant application tools. Depending on the type of sealant, either a spray gun will be required, or roller, extension arm and painting tray. Note: If using a roller, ensure you don't use an old roller or a cheap roller - both could result in unwanted particles sticking to your sealant and presenting an undesirable finish.
Your time, include trips to the shop, researching how to's, product reviews, and cleaning hours before application and after.
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