Why Sealing Concrete Driveways, Sidewalks, Pool Decks, and Garage Floor Matter
Clean and well-maintained concrete says a lot about a homeowner. After all, your concrete driveway and walkways are often the first things that greets guests and people passing by. Beyond aesthetics and appearances, a sturdy, structurally sound driveway and sidewalk adds curb appeal and value to your home. Whether new or old, sealing your concrete driveway, walkways, sidewalks, garage floors, pool decks, and patios is sensible and cost-effective way to protect and extend its life. The long-term affect of oil spills, car fluids, salts, deicing chemicals, shoveling, ice stick, and freeze-thaw damage can accelerate deterioration. Sealing outdoor concrete requires very little time, money, and expertise and similar to protecting outdoor wood decks and fences, it pays off in the long run!
Eco-Friendly Concrete Sealer with Unmatched Service Life
Typical driveway and patio sealers found in stores require reapplication every 1-3 years. They often wear down quickly and unevenly. Perhaps cheaper initially, the cost of purchasing concrete sealers quickly adds up with every reapplication required. DryWay Penetrating Water-Repellent Concrete Sealer is different. DryWay is not a membrane sealer that wears down on the surface. DryWay works by penetrating below the surface – deep into the concrete – sealing your outdoor concrete and masonry for unmatched service life of up to 10-years.
DryWay is the latest and most advanced type of penetrating water-repellent sealer for outdoor concrete and masonry – consisting of an emulsion of siloxanes and silanes. The sealers nanochemicals penetrate up to 1/2" into the substrate, react chemically, bond, and cure internally as long-chain molecules. It’s like filling the pores of concrete with hydrophobic, durable silicone caulk!
DryWay is non-toxic, nonflammable, ultra-low VOC concrete sealer. It does not contain chemical solvents, is non-hazardous and is VOC-compliant in all states (< 50 grams/liter VOC). DryWay avoids the explosion and fire hazards of conventional alcohol- or solvent-based silanes and siloxanes.
Stain and Freeze-Thaw Protection for Outdoor Concrete
Treating your concrete and masonry surfaces with DryWay will help shed surface water and chemical spills for years to come! Not only will DryWay help with annual maintenance, it will also aid in reducing potential cracking, pitting, spalling, concrete dusting, efflorescence, rebar corrosion, mold, and algae growth on the surface.
DryWay’s water-repellent property helps to alleviate the cleaning of oil spills, rust stains, contaminants, ground-in dirt and stubborn red clay stains from concrete. In addition, engine fluids, grease, organic stains (bird droppings), stains from sprinklers, gum, and graffiti. In cold weather states, DryWay prevents snow and ice from “sticking” to concrete and masonry surface, which greatly helps reduce labor, snow-removal, chemical and concrete repair costs – especially valuable for our commercial and institutional clients!
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Clear and Slip Resistant Concrete Sealer
DryWay is a low viscosity, penetrating concrete sealer and works by filling the internal pores of concrete. It does not cure on the surface, nor leave behind a shiny film that could potentially peel, delaminate, or wear away quickly. It forms a water-repellent barrier below the surface of the concrete, which is able to withstand UV rays and surface wear for a longer period of time.
When applied to a sufficiently porous concrete surface, DryWay will not change or reduce surface friction. In other words, it does not make the surface of the concrete slippery. Making it ideal for use on vehicular and foot traffic areas such as; driveways, parking lots, walkways, and sidewalks.
The chemicals used in DryWay (silane and siloxane) do very little to alter surface appearance. Some substrates – with tighter surfaces – may appear a shade darker after application. The change is subtle and generally only noticeable to the applicator alone. DryWay is inherently resistant to UV-rays, heat from the sun, and oxidative degradation. The sealer will not yellow and leaves no gloss on the surface.
Simply, DryWay will keep your driveway and outdoor concrete looking beautiful and dry for years to come. Check out the video below, showing a customer applying DryWay to a paver driveway in Fort Myers, FL.
WILL DRYWAY BEAD WATER?
Topical sealers (clear urethanes, acrylic, epoxies, waxes) bead surface water because they form a clear membrane over the surface of the concrete. When they begin to wear down, beading subsides and the concrete surface is again exposed to water, salt, chemical penetration.
Surfaces treated with DryWay can bead water, but beading depends greatly upon surface profile and finishing techniques. Surfaces with rougher, deeper finishes will shed surface water, where beading could prove to be too difficult. DryWay is a penetrating sealer, therefore "beading" is not a direct indicator that the sealer is working. Just because a sealer does not bead water, does not mean its not working for you! Depending upon where it is being used, beading is not always a desired trait in a sealer.
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DOES IT STOP MOLD SPOTS ON CONCRETE DRIVEWAYS?
Similar to using vinyl siding for your home, sealing concrete helps reduce mold growth. DryWay reduces and prevents mold, moss, leaf stains and lichen growth, but it does not 100% completely stop it from growing. Sealing the internal pores of the concrete, DryWay prevents deep-penetration of water into the concrete. The less water the concrete absorbs, the quicker it will take to dry out. The quicker the concrete surface dries, the less chance mold can grow on the surface.
CAN I USE DRYWAY INDOORS?
Absolutely! It is safe to use indoors and often the choice of sealer for customers who use their garage for auto repair shops, workshops, mudrooms, and porches.
IS DRYWAY GOOD FOR BASEMENTS?
It can be used for sealing basement concrete, but it is not the best choice of sealer against negative side water pressure. For sealing subterranean concrete, slab-on-grade, basement walls and floors, we recommend RadonSeal Deep-Penetrating Concrete Sealer and Ion-Bond Armor Elastomeric Sealer.
CAN I PAINT THE CONCRETE AFTER APPLYING DRYWAY?
You would have to wait for DryWay to wear down to apply a paint to the surface. For as long as DryWay is working within your concrete, it will potentially inhibit the bond of paint needs to the surface.
DO I NEED TO ADD A SLIP-RESISTANT ADDITIVE TO DRYWAY?
No. As mentioned previously, DryWay works by being absorbed by concrete. Provided the sealer is applied to a sufficiently porous concrete surface, it will not change the surface friction.
IS DRYWAY A BREATHABLE SEALER?
Yes. DryWay will not trap water vapor thus allowing for the substrate to breathe and dry out.
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Commercial Grade Outdoor Concrete Sealer
DryWay has the highest siloxane/silane content in its class of sealers. Its performance far exceeds the requirements of NCHRP 244 and federal specification SSW 110 C. DryWay improves labor time, ice melt cost, and the cost of replacing damaged concrete, pavers, and masonry surfaces. Used for sealing a wide variety of outdoor building materials and surfaces;
- Poured Concrete, Pavers, Limestone, Slump Blocks, Split-Face Blocks, Cinder Blocks, Lightweight Concrete Blocks, Sandstone, Terra Cotta
- Retaining Walls, Concret Curbing, Concrete Barriers, Commercial Sidewalks, Building Facades, AutoBody Shop Floors, Industrial Warehouse, Food Plants, Subgrades and Stable Slabs, Sea Walls, Hotel Pool Decks, Decks, Parking Areas
- POURED CONCRETE - 1 application will seal 200 sq. ft. per gallon.
- CONCRETE BLOCKS - 1 application will seal 100 sq. ft. per gallon.
- BRICK or PAVERS - 1 application will seal 150 sq. ft. per gallon.
- SPLITFACE BLOCK - 1 application will seal 70 sq. ft. per gallon.
Surface Prep | Conditions
For proper absorption of the sealer the substrate must be clean, dry, and porous. If the concrete is tight (machine-troweled), you can improve surface porosity by acid etching or grinding. Scuff surface levelers and patching compounds. Allow at least 72 hours for the concrete to dry after power washing. Vacuum all loose debris and crumbling concrete. After a light rain, let the concrete dry for at least 24 hours. Do not apply when rain is expected within 24 hours. Air and surface temperatures should be between 45 and 90 degrees F. Do not apply to hot surfaces in direct sunlight to avoid flashing or in a strong wind.
DryWay Concrete Driveway Sealer is user-friendly and environmentally safe. Water-based, low odor, non-toxic, nonflammable, and ultra-low VOC. Simply apply using a low-pressure sprayer (hand-pump "garden" sprayer or adjustable airless), paint roller (3/4" nap), or with a paint brush.
1. Shake or roll the pail prior to use.
2. Apply DryWay in a continuous, saturating film just on the verge of puddling or running down on walls.
3. For more porous surfaces, apply a second application 10 minutes apart or later.
4. DO NOT OVERAPPLY! Backroll puddles until the sealer penetrates through the surface.