It’s bad enough that cracks in the driveway are unsightly – they also allow water to get beneath the surface. Protect it at its surface with a quality sealant before winter arrives.
You may decide to hire out for the job, but doing it yourself is easy and will save you a bundle of cash.
- Begin the job by cleaning out the larger cracks in the asphalt surface. Pull all weeds from their roots.
- Carefully fill any large cracks with appropriate filler.
- Remove any dust or pebbles with a push broom – they will create imperfections in the surface if left there.
- Tape the edge of the driveway, to make application process easier.
- Consult a home building center to help decide the proper amount of asphalt sealer needed (for your size of driveway).
- Check the weather forecast. Make sure there’s no chance of rain within 24 hours of asphalts sealer application.
- Stir buckets of sealer, or leave upside down overnight.
- Spread the sealer from side to side. Apply a thick coat, or two thin coats over two days.
- Use a brush or squeegee to spread it evenly, if needed.
- If it’s very hot outdoors, and the sealant begins to dry, mist it gently with a hose.
- Remove tape and check for places you may need to re-coat.
- Let driveway cure for at LEAST 24 hours. Do not walk on it before this time.
- Wait one week before parking or driving on it.