A driveway is an important part of a property, as it leads vehicles into a garage, and acts as a parking space for vehicles. Time and usage will wear down the driveway and eventually it will need to be sealed if it hasn’t been already. Sealing is a process that can be done easily.
Here are some important tips to follow while driveway sealing:
It’s important to be safe while sealing the driveway. Before sealing the driveway, the proper gear should be used to make sure that the sealer has no contact with the skin, as the sealer contains hazardous chemicals. Since the hands will be the closest to the sealer, especially when it is being mixed, protective gloves should be worn. Safety goggles can be worn to protect the eyes, closed toed shoes will keep the feet protected, and long pants should also be worn, just in case the sealer gets on the legs.
The driveway should be tidied up before applying sealer to it. Grass will often hang over the driveway, so it must be removed. Gas and oil stains are usually present from the vehicles that pass over and rest on the driveway, and they can be cleaned away with a special detergent that is sold in auto shops. Dirt and debris can be swept away with a broom, or pressure washed away, along with any sticky vegetation. Weeds need to be pulled from the cracks of the driveway, and the cracks themselves must be filled with a filling compound.
A sealing job will happen more efficiently if it is started at one corner of the driveway. Working with the sealer in small sections is the best way to handle it, rather than pouring out a long strip and trying to hurry through it all. The small section gives a person a chance to even apply the sealer. The sealer is applied with a brush or squeegee, depending on what the instructions call for, and in a thin layer.
After the application is done, the driveway should be left alone for 24 hours while making sure that no vehicles park on top of it or drive through it. Cones, barrels, and yellow tape can warn drivers not to enter the driveway while the sealer is drying. Many also place large signs.
After 1 to 3 years, sealer should be applied to a driveway. If the driveway is a completely new asphalt driveway, then it shouldn’t be sealed, as there needs to be an evaporation period of at least six months for oils. The temperature should be taken into account when sealing, with a temperature of fifty degrees or more being optimal for proper sealer adherence. If rain is in the weather forecast, there needs to be 48 hours for the sealer to sit before rain can touch it.
In just a few days, driveway sealing can be done, and the driveway will stay protected until the next application is needed. It’s simple enough to do that even someone who isn’t used to home improvement work can get it done.