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How To Seal Your Driveway

Tips for properly applying driveway sealant.

A bucket of driveway sealant.If you have an asphalt driveway, it is very important that you apply driveway sealant every two to three years in order to prevent water seepage from damaging the surface. Here are a few tips for applying driveway sealant correctly:

  1. Always follow the instructions on the sealant container exactly, step-by-step. Different varieties require different procedures, and if applied incorrectly you'll just have to seal your driveway again sooner than necessary.
  2. Pay close attention to the weather report. Driveway sealant should not be applied if you're expecting falling weather within 36-48 hours after sealing. You should also wait until the air temperature is at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit before starting the job.
  3. Repair any cracks or holes and allow the patches to dry for 24 hours.
  4. Before applying the sealant, thoroughly clean any and all debris from the driveway surface with a broom and then scrub it with a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly and allow the surface to dry.
  5. Slightly dampen the surface of the driveway using a garden hose, then remove any standing water.
  6. Mix the sealer well and apply in thin coats with a broom, thick brush or squeegee. Keep the sealant mixed well throughout the entire time that you're sealing your driveway.
  7. After the job is finished, block off the freshly sealed driveway and do not drive on it for at least 24 hours - 36 is even better. Although the sealant will quickly feel dry to the touch, it takes at least 24 hours for it to "cure". Using the driveway too soon will damage the newly applied coating of driveway sealant.

If you properly prepare for the job, follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter and take your time when sealing your driveway, you'll have a good watertight seal that will protect your expensive asphalt driveway from the weather's damaging effects for up to three years!

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Rick Rouse is the owner of RLROUSE Directory & Informational Resources.

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