Posted on: 8 November 2017
Sealing asphalt driveways helps protect them from the elements, meaning they will last longer. You should apply sealant soon after your new driveway is installed, then repeat the process every few years. Luckily, it isn't too hard to do. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide.
1. Wait for the Right Weather Conditions
Before sealing your drive, you need to wait for the right conditions. If it's especially cold or rainy, sealing is a no-go. You should wait until temperatures are at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit and there's no rain forecast for the next few days.
2. Wear Correct Safety Gear
Sealant can be harmful when it comes into contact with your skin, so be sure to wear long-sleeved clothing that will keep your body protected. If you're worried about inhaling fumes, it's worth wearing a mask, too.
3. Remove Grass and Clear Driveway
You'll need to trim any grass that's growing out of cracks or hanging over onto your driveway. Once that's done, give your driveway a thorough sweeping, and then blast with a hose or pressure washer. The cleaner your driveway is, the more effective the sealing process will be.
4. Fill in Cracks with Patching Compound
Got any large cracks or dents in your driveway? You should fill these in before applying sealant. Clear cracks of any weeds or debris, fill with sand, then top with an asphalt patching compound from your local home repair store. Be sure to follow the directions and give the compound time to dry before moving to the next step.
5. Apply Sealant with a Long Handled Brush
Your driveway should now be free from cracks, clear of weeds and debris, and completely clean. Now it's time to apply the sealant. Start at the corner of your driveway, and pour a small amount of sealant onto the ground. Use a long-handled brush to apply it in thin layers, ensuring you don't miss any areas.
Work in small squares to keep track of what you've covered. Resist the temptation to paint sealant on thick, as this won't improve the results.
6. Allow to Dry for at Least 24 Hours
Once you've covered the entire driveway in sealant, you'll need to let it dry for at least 24 hours. That means no parking your car, leaving bicycles lying around, or setting up garage sales. Place yellow tape across the front of the drive to ensure nobody tries to enter.
Want to keep your asphalt drive in top condition? Seal it regularly using this simple guide.Share