Sealing concrete sealing or “seal coating” costs between $1.20 – $1.75 per square foot. Factors that determine cost include project fees, quality of concrete, stamped vs regular, or if you opt to do it yourself. Doing it yourself often means you will have more upfront labor and an increased margin for error. Hiring a contractor is usually recommended for peace of mind.
Sealing concrete not only makes your concrete look brand new but extends its life. Sealing concrete can have the following effects on your stamped or regular concrete:
You have two options to get your concrete sealed. You can either hire a concrete contractor or you can learn to do it yourself. The latter is less expensive but also comes with specialized knowledge. There are three steps to sealing your concrete:
The surface of the concrete must be cleared of any dirt, stains, or residue before applying the sealant. It’s recommended that you use a powerwasher to ensure your concrete is flawless. Contactors either charge a flat fee or include it in their price per square foot.
Of course, if you don’t have a power washer, then you must rent or buy one to complete this important first step.
After your concrete has been cleaned, you should repair any open cracks. You can mix your own dry concrete on-site or hire a concrete contractor to patch it up.
It’s important that you apply the thin film equally throughout the concrete’s surface using a roller or sprayer. Wait for the first layer to dry and then apply the second layer in the opposite direction.
Sealing is a very affordable option for most homeowners. If however, you want to do it yourself, here are the costs involved:
|Equipment Needed for DIY Sealing
Dry Concrete Mix
Hand Pump Sprayer
Soft Long Handle Brush
Trowel for Repairs
$25 - 170 per 5 gallons
For those familiar with concrete sealing procedures may opt to do it themselves, but it’s also hard to tell a quality job from a lousy one given the thin film of the sealant.
On average, if you’re paying a contractor to seal your concrete, you will pay $1.20 – $1.75 per square foot.
Acrylic: Most affordable sealant and recommended for both indoor and outdoor applications. $.85 – $1.15
Epoxy sealer: Recommended for indoor applications leaving a high-quality finish. $3-7 per square foot
Polyurethane sealers: Recommended for locations where temperature varies throughout the year. $.95 – $1.10 per square foot
Sealing your driveway has numerous benefits including repelling moisture, deterring color fade, preventing cracks, and extending the life of your concrete.
You should reseal your driveway at least every 3 years. The more frequently you seal your concrete, the less moisture has a chance to break down the concrete.
It’s best to seal your concrete while it’s warm, so anytime from spring to summer is best. Sealing when it’s too cold can cause the light film to freeze before it had a chance to absorb into the concrete.
Yes, sealing stamped concrete is a fantastic way to keep your concrete design fresh. An annual sealant is the best way to keep your investment looking great for years to come.
Sealing your concrete is an essential thing to do to maintain your concrete for years to come. Here at Sam the Concrete Man we offer sealant for all customers at a fair price. To learn more about our residential services, find a location near you.
© Copyright 2022 Sam The Concrete Man. All Rights Reserved.