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Can I Get a Concrete Sealer With Color?

Concrete sealer is usually clear but it comes in a variety of colors. In this article, we will cover the pros and cons of colored concrete sealers and our top two color recommendations for homeowners.

For further reading on concrete sealers, read our article on the purpose of concrete sealing.

Pros of colored concrete sealer

Colored concrete sealer offers numerous advantages when applied to driveways, enhancing both aesthetics and functionality. Here are some key benefits:

Enhanced Appearance: One of the primary advantages of using a colored concrete sealer on a driveway is its ability to enhance the overall appearance of the surface. The sealer adds depth and richness to the color of the concrete, making it more visually appealing. With a wide range of colors available, homeowners can choose a shade that complements their property's exterior design.

UV Protection: Colored concrete sealers typically contain UV-resistant additives that help protect the surface from the damaging effects of sunlight. UV rays can cause fading and discoloration over time, but a quality sealer acts as a barrier, preserving the color and integrity of the concrete for longer periods.

Durability: Sealing the driveway with a colored sealer adds a protective layer that enhances its durability. It helps to resist stains, oil spills, and other contaminants that can mar the surface. Additionally, the sealer creates a barrier against water penetration, reducing the risk of cracking and spalling caused by freeze-thaw cycles in colder climates. 

Easy Maintenance: Sealed concrete driveways are much easier to maintain than unsealed ones. The smooth, sealed surface makes it simple to sweep away debris and dirt, and stains are less likely to penetrate the surface, allowing for easier cleaning with just soap and water. 

Longevity: By protecting the concrete from moisture, UV rays, and wear and tear, colored sealers can extend the lifespan of the driveway. With regular maintenance and reapplication of the sealer as needed, homeowners can enjoy a beautiful and functional driveway for many years to come. 

Cost-Effectiveness: While initially, there is an investment in applying a colored concrete sealer, it is a cost-effective solution in the long run. The protection it provides can help prevent the need for costly repairs or premature replacement of the driveway. 

In conclusion, colored concrete sealer offers numerous advantages for driveways, including enhanced appearance, UV protection, durability, easy maintenance, longevity, and cost-effectiveness. It's a practical choice for homeowners looking to improve the aesthetics and functionality of their driveways while also prolonging their lifespan.

Cons of colored concrete sealer

While colored concrete sealer offers many benefits, there are also some potential drawbacks to consider:

Maintenance Requirements: While sealed driveways are generally easier to maintain than unsealed ones, they still require periodic maintenance. Over time, the sealer may wear down, especially in high-traffic areas, requiring reapplication to maintain its effectiveness. Failure to do so can lead to premature deterioration of the concrete surface.

Slippery Surface: Depending on the type of sealer used and the application method, colored concrete sealer can sometimes create a slippery surface, especially when wet. This can pose a safety hazard, particularly in areas prone to rain or snow. Additional precautions such as adding anti-slip additives may be necessary to mitigate this risk.

Limited Color Options: While colored concrete sealers come in a variety of shades, the range of available colors may be more limited compared to other options such as stains or dyes. Homeowners with specific color preferences may find it challenging to find a suitable match for their desired aesthetic.

Potential Discoloration: In some cases, colored concrete sealers may experience discoloration over time due to exposure to sunlight, chemicals, or other environmental factors. This can detract from the appearance of the driveway and may require additional maintenance to address.

Environmental Impact: Some colored concrete sealers contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other harmful chemicals that can have negative environmental impacts. Homeowners concerned about sustainability may prefer alternative sealing options with lower environmental footprints. At EcoWash, sustainability is a major concern of ours. Read more about our Impact here.

In summary, while colored concrete sealer offers many benefits, including enhanced appearance and durability, homeowners need to weigh these advantages against potential drawbacks such as cost, maintenance requirements, and environmental concerns.

Best colors for colored concrete sealer

Walnut/Charcoal is a consistent top performer with suburban homeowners across our service area. We notice that many customers love the look of a darker driveway. A darker driveway will hide imperfections and dirt more easily than standard concrete will. However, a dark color is prone to getting quite hot on a summer day.

Sand/Brown is another popular color with our customers. This color generally enhances the concrete and gives it a look more similar to a brick or terra cotta, which many people enjoy. This color will hide dirt and imperfections similarly to a Walnut/Charcoal and it will not get as hot on a sunny day.

Concrete sealer can come in a variety of colors and has many benefits and drawbacks to consider before application to your driveway. If you are unsure if you want color in your driveway sealer, get in touch with a knowledgeable EcoWash representative today for a customized driveway inspection and estimate.


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