When's the Best Time to Seal a Driveway?

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Tanya Schifone

Subject: When To Seal

If you are sealing a concrete, brick, or paver driveway then yes. Solvent based and oil based Silane-Siloxane water repellents, Siliconate water repellents, and Acrylic sealers need to be applied when the temperature of the concrete is above freezing. At Foundation Armor, we suggest 45 degrees and above. It is most important to make sure the driveway is clean and completely dry. Having moisture in the concrete, or water present on the surface, can cause issues with a sealer being able to properly penetrate and bond.

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I am facing just such a project and have received a number of bids (all from Angie's List reviewed contractors). The lowest bid was a bit over $5/sq ft and the highest was about $9/sq/ft for my 630 sq ft driveway in Rockford, IL. 

Generally about $1-3/SF (note - measured by SF, not SY) - $1 range is for a 1 to 1/2-2 inch overlay, $2.50-3.00 range normal for two 2" layers for a new driveway or a rebuild (remove and replace) you really want to last.

Most people pay around $2/SF for a 2-3" thickness.


If the state requires a contractor's license, then he needs to have a license in each state he intends to work in - plus state/local business licenses as applicable.


This does not mean there are not a lot of contractors who cross state lines without proper licensing - the penalties in may cases are not real severe and are just a fine, not criminal, so many take the chance.


As you say - argh  - many contractors are not really businessmen and have zero legal education, so many people get burned.