Published Friday 3rd of January 2014 // Updated Friday 19th of May 2017
One of the most important aspects of your home, especially as they are primarily the first part of your home seen by those who drive by, is the driveway. Most driveways, especially in warmer areas without yearly snows, are made of concrete and not asphalt. If you own a home in a warmer climate, or even if you own a home in a colder climate that already has a concrete driveway, you should treat your driveway with a concrete sealer to protect the concrete and ensure its strength and durability.
Concrete sealers will help to restore your concrete driveway, protecting it from water, salt, UV radiation, and other such harmful aspects of environmental conditions. An untreated concrete driveway will crack and discolor, allowing weeds and grass to grow up through the cracks, making your home look far worse by association. Fortunately, the fix for such problems is cost effective and easy to apply. A quality concrete sealer will ensure lasting protection for your concrete.
For an outdoor concrete driveway that is exposed to deicing salts, you'll want to use a concrete sealer like a silane/siloxane-based concrete sealer. A silane/siloxane sealer is one that contains small silane/siloxane particles that will penetrate through the small pores on the surface of the concrete to react chemically within the material. The particles will bond with existing chemicals and minerals within the concrete to densify and protect the concrete from water seepage, cracks, and various other potential harms. Siloxa-Tek 8500 is a high-quality concrete sealer option that is easy to apply by following the basic instructions, and it consists of a strong ratio of silane/siloxane particles-to-water, ensuring your concrete gets the best protection possible.
If you are looking for all the benefits of the Siloxa-Tek 8500 with additional resistance to staining from oils, greases and leaves the best product to use would be the Siloxa-Tek 8505 or the Siloxa-Tek 8510. The main difference between the two products is that the Siloxa-Tek 8505 is water based and the Siloxa-Tek 8510 is solvent based. The solvent based Siloxa-Tek 8510 tends to last longer and perform better than the Siloxa-Tek 8505.
If you live in an area where deicing salts are not used on the roadways and are looking for a cost-effective solution the best product to use is the Lithi-Tek 9500. The 9500 is an excellent choice because it is a concentrated product that is mixed with 4 gallons of water to make a 5 gallon bucket of sealer. It is easily applied with a garden variety pump sprayer and will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew making driveways easier to clean.