Applying Sealant: Waterproofing Your Driveway

What You'll Need
Waterproofing Sealant
Roller or Sprayer
Rags or sponge
Old Newspapers
Masking or Duct Tape
Concrete Welder (optional)
Gloves / Protective clothing

It’s given whenever seasons change, it’s advisable to apply waterproofing sealant for your driveway. It is necessary to prevent your driveway from cracks and moisture for the maintenance and safety of your home.

You need a waterproofing sealant to make this possible. This may sound tedious at first, but, the investment you place on this will later help you save from incurring damages in the future.

Step 1 - Prepare the Driveway

Make sure that your driveway is clean and free from dirt and trash. Remove all the things that are in your driveway and cover lighting fixtures, if there are any. Use newspapers and a duct or masking tape to protect anything that needs to be covered. If your flooring has hairline cracks, apply a concrete welder before applying the sealant. Make sure to follow the directions at the back of the packaging. Use a hose to clean hard to clean stains like grease and or dried paint. Cure the driveway 21 days prior to the day of waterproofing.

This may sound very easy and basic, but in this process, the first step is the most important one. A clean driveway will help you cut the hassle and additional cost later on.

Measure the area first before applying the solution. By measuring the area, this will enable you to determine how to prepare the waterproofing solution.

Step 2 - Prepare the Solution

Before preparing the solution, make sure you are wearing gloves and protective clothing. There are water-based waterproofing sealants available in the market. Mix the solution based on the area of the driveway and follow the directions properly.

Step 3 - Apply the Waterproofing Sealant

Use a roller or a sprayer to apply the sealant on the concrete. Just be sure that the solution is evenly spread throughout the area. Start at one side until you reach the other, making sure all areas in the room are covered with the solution. The presence of a white, milky film is enough to say you’ve applied it correctly. Use your rags to remove any excess in the area.  

Step 4 - Let the Area Dry

Unless directed, allow the area to stand for 24-hours. This lets the flooring absorb the solution. You can determine that the driveway is ready to use when the flooring is completely dry or the white film is already gone. Remove the old newspapers that cover your driveway fixtures.

Remember there are waterproofing sealants that do not work well with colored driveways. Check first the label before making any purchases. Most waterproofing sealants are water-based; this makes you easy to dispose any excess solution later on. And if you plan to waterproof your driveway, make sure the weather is not moody to produce rains or thunderstorms or else all the hard work will just go down the drain.