There's a lot of websites and pages with people giving you their opinion about what they think is the best concrete driveway sealer.
When I look at them (yes, I checked them out) I just wonder how many (if any) of these people actually use these sealers????
Or, are they just writing about them to get an affiliate commission. (if you click through and buy one, they make money.)
I install concrete driveways for a living. I also use concrete driveway sealers to protect my customers driveways.
Below, I'm going to give you my honest reviews and picks of what I use for sealers and why I use them.
These are the two I use 95% of the time on my jobs.
RadonSeal sells the Dryway concrete sealer and Foundation Armor sells the Armor SX500 sealer.
I really like both companies, they have high quality sealers, great customer service and you can order their sealers online.
Craig from RadonSeal is a great guy, very knowledgeable, and knows his sealers. Ask him any question and he'll be able to answer it.
Eric from Foundation Armor is also top notch. He also knows his sealers and runs a great company that stands behind their products.
I buy sealers from both of these companies for my concrete driveway jobs, garage floors, patios, pool decks, and stamped concrete.
I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't use them myself!!
First, lets talk about DryWay Concrete driveway sealer:
I really like DryWay because it protects your concrete driveway just like it says!
BUT, I also really like it because it's NON-TOXIC and it's ECO FRIENDLY!
It doesn't contain chemical solvents and it's non-hazardous.
I use this sealer when my customers have a lot of plants, grass, and flowers very close to the new driveway.
Or..... if I'm sealing an existing concrete driveway 1, 2, 3 years old or older and I don't want to harm any existing plants or grass.
Maybe even more important to you than your grass and flowers is your PETS. This sealer won't harm your pets if they somehow come in to contact with it. (That's very important to me!!)
What I like about DryWay:
Coverage is about 200 SQ FT Per Gallon for 1 coating. Two coatings is recommended for best results on broom finished or porous concrete.
Now Let's talk about Foundation Armor's SX5000 driveway sealer.
I really like to use Armor SX 5000 on my concrete driveways that get EXPOSED to a lot of SALT, FREEZE/THAW, and any heavy DE-ICING exposure.
This solvent based penetrating sealer has a 40% solids content. That's anywhere between 5X - 10X more than most other penetrating sealers.
This is a HIGH SOLIDS sealer! If you have to use de-icing products on your concrete driveway, I recommend using this sealer.
Most other penetrating sealers are around 25% solids (including DryWay), which is good enough for most applications.
I just personally like the extra solids and protection for my customer's driveways where melting snow and ice is happening multiple times during the winter.
What I like about Armor SX5000:
Coverage is around 200 SQ FT Per Gallon for 1 coating. Two coatings us suggested for best results on broom finished and porous concrete.
The "SOLIDS" amount in an acrylic concrete sealer, like the two above, means - that is the amount of actual "sealer" that's applied to your concrete after the carrier evaporates.
The "carrier" is either the water or the solvent part of the sealer.
So when you apply DryWay sealer to your concrete driveway, it's a water based sealer that's 25% solids and 75% water.
The water helps to make it easier to apply and helps the sealer penetrate into the concrete.
After you apply the sealer, the water evaporates and leaves behind the 25% solids part of the sealer.
Most brands of acrylic sealers on the market are between 20 - 30% solids.
The Armor SX500 is a 40% solids solvent acrylic sealer. The solvent in the sealer is like Acetone or Xylene. It helps make the sealer easier to apply and helps it penetrate into the concrete.
After you apply the SX500, the solvent evaporates and leaves behind 40% of the sealer you sprayed or rolled down.
Both sealers are excellent - I just like the extra solids of the SX500 on driveways that see a lot of de-icing materials applied to them.
FOUNDATION ARMOR AR 350 - This is an acrylic solvent based sealer that leaves a clear film on the surface of the concrete.
It's a topical sealer not a penetrating sealer. The AR 350 sealer will darken the concrete and give it a "wet look" after the sealer dries.
I mostly use this sealer if my customer has a stamped concrete driveway and wants to enhance the colors in the concrete.
Or.... my customer has a colored or stained concrete driveway and wants the colors to stand out.
This sealer will have to be cleaned and re-sealed every 1 - 2 years to maintain it's integrity, protect your concrete, and enhance the colors.
Because it's a topical sealer, it may be more slippery than the penetrating sealers, that's the trade-off for enhancing the colors.
You can add a non-slip additive to it when you apply it to help make your concrete less slippery.
Application is easy with a pump up sprayer or a 1/2" nap roller.
This sealer can be tinted with color. If you have an older concrete driveway with a lot of ugly stains, you can re-seal it with this sealer but with it colored.
It comes in about 12 different colors for you to choose from. I show you the colors in the video below.
Here's a video of me using AR 350 on some colored stamped concrete.
RADONSEAL DEEP PENETRATING CONCRETE SEALER - This is a silicate based concrete sealer.
It deeply (up to 4") penetrates into the concrete and actually strengthens the concrete.
I use this sealer on older concrete driveways that are showing some wear on the surface. 5 - 10 years old or older.
This sealer can also be stained, painted, or epoxied over without affecting the adhesion of the coating. It actually helps the adhesion.
This sealer densifies and hardens older concrete, prolonging its lifespan.
It's a great all-around concrete sealer for driveways, garage floors, and for blocking moisture in basement walls and floors.
Below is a video explaining the benefits of using this sealer.
The two most common types of sealers for concrete driveways are:
I'll explain the differences between the two so you have a little better understanding and can make an educated choice which one is better for your situation.
This type of concrete sealer, when applied to concrete, penetrates down into the pores of the concrete and seals it from within.
If applied correctly, it doesn't leave a film or topical coating on the surface of the concrete.
There's four types of penetrating concrete sealers:
This type of penetrating sealer chemically bonds with the concrete and is like filling the pores with silicone caulking.
This sealer is considered permanent, lasting for up to 10 years or more.
BOTH DRYWAY AND ARMOR SX5000 ARE A COMBINATION SILANE/SILOXANE TYPE OF PENETRATING SEALER
This type of concrete sealer penetrates deeply into the concrete and also chemically bonds to it in a different way.
It chemically reacts with the free lime and alkali (Portland Cement). As it continuously reacts, it begins to cure and harden as a silicate mineral, expanding and sealing the pores of concrete.
This type of sealer will actually harden, densify, and strengthen your concrete.
This sealer is considered permanent, lasting for up to 10 years or more.
RADONSEAL IS A SILICATE/SILICONATE TYPE OF PENETRATING SEALER
This type of sealer for concrete driveways is most commonly an ACRYLIC based sealer.
It leaves a film or a thin coating on the surface of the concrete.
This sealer works by adhering to the surface of the concrete and protecting the surface with what amounts to a very thin plastic like coating.
It doesn't chemically react with the concrete, it just "sticks" to the surface.
It wears off with use and degrades from the sunlight.
It's good for darkening regular concrete and enhancing the colors in stamped and stained concrete.
It does protect from spills and stains as long as you wipe them up or rinse them off quickly.
You will need to re-seal your concrete every 1 - 3 years depending on use and sunlight exposure.
Re-sealing is easy as long as you use the same type (solvent or water based) sealer you used to begin with.
I know, there are a lot of other brands of penetrating and topical concrete sealers to choose from.
I've used some of them in the past with good and bad results.
I've settled on these few above because they've given my customers the best results based on my 40 years of experience in the concrete business.
Don't be fooled by some of these other websites giving you their top 10 list of concrete driveway sealers.
Some of them are just writing these pages for the affiliate money they make if you click on the product and buy it.
If they don't use the sealers on a regular basis or if they aren't even in the concrete business, HOW DO THEY REALLY KNOW which ones work the best.
I use them, I have proven results (my customers jobs) that these sealers I recommend, protect the concrete!
I have to stand behind them. As the owner of a concrete business, it's my responsibility to offer my customers the best sealer I can find to protect their investment.
Does that mean there aren't some other sealers out there that are just as good?
No, I'm sure there are some. I just haven't personally used them so I can't recommend them.
You've got a lot of choices out there.
There's a lot of content on the web written about concrete driveway sealers.
My hope with this page is that maybe I answered some of your questions and offered you some proof as to what sealers have worked for me.
Hopefully, my information and videos, help you make a decision with confidence which sealer will work best for you.
I am also an affiliate of the sealers I recommend above. I will make a small commission if you click through and purchase the sealer of your choice.
BUT, that doesn't change the fact I use these sealers on my projects. It just helps me keep all the information on this website free for you to read and learn from at your leisure.
Owner: Day's Concrete Floors, Inc.