How To Seal A Driveway

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Sealing a driveway is necessary to restoring the top layer, protecting the driveway from years of vehicle weight and weather. Follow these tips and directions to learn how to do it yourself.


Clean the driveway

You’re going to want to clean the driveway as best as you can. Whether its sweeping it off, using a blower to blow off the area, even scrubbing the surface, you can use a soap and a broom or even a power washer. But the idea is that you want to get rid of all the grease and oil and any debris that’s on that surface so that the new seal coating sticks.

Fill any Cracks

This is also an opportunity to fill any cracks or divots or holes you might have. There are all kinds of crack fillers and asphalt patches that you can buy at your local Ace to help assist you depending on the work that has to happen.

Choosing your Sealer

After that, it’s all about choosing the right sealer for how long you want it to last. It really is one of those areas where you get what you pay for. Now here’s a pro tip, make sure that when you’re applying the sealer, you wear a pair of shoes you really don’t care about. Chances are you’re going to get some of that asphalt sealer on your shoes, and it’ll be very difficult to get it off.

Sealing your Driveway

You want to pour that sealer, after you’ve stirred it properly, onto a small area. Then using a squeegee or a broom, you’ll want to almost paint the sealer onto the surface. You’re using the sealer to fill in small gaps and pores and fissures that may be on the surface. You’re going to be working from one end to the other to make sure that you’re moving away from an area so that when your done, you can walk around it and allow it to dry. Now keep in mind, you want to make sure that when you’re doing this it’s a clear day typically above 50 degrees, below 90 degrees if you can, and if you can avoid doing it in direct sunlight that’s certainly a plus. The slower the product dries, the better it sticks to the surface. And once you’re all done and you’re inspecting all your work with the new sealer installed, you want to make sure that it’s not going to rain for at least 24 hours. It’s also a good idea to protect your work by putting up some caution tape or string to keep people off the surface.
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