Driveway Sealing

Published by: Tim Manson
Published on: 2010-01-10 15:26:13

Your driveway is the road to your home.  Keeping your driveway in a good condition is just one way to make your home more inviting and pleasing to the eye (not to mention,  keeping the value of your home where it should be).  From cracks and blemishes to weeds and overgrowth, driveways accumulate small issues like any other part of your home.  You dust your furniture, you shampoo your rugs, you paint your walls, so there’s no reason to treat a driveway any differently.  When minor problems turn into noticeable features, re-sealing your driveway is just as important, and functional, as cleaning your bathroom or washing the dishes, only it doesn’t need to be done nearly as often.

Re-sealing your driveway is something you should consider every two to three years, based on the look and quality of your driveway.  Factors that contribute to the need for an upgrade are the amount of sun your driveway is exposed to; oil, gas and grease stains settling in; or strong weeds or grass forcing their way to the surface from below. 

The first thing you want to do is make sure your driveway is prepared for sealing.  Edge the driveway to remove any grass or weeds.  Sweep the driveway as clean as you can, then hose it down.  Once the water is dry, sweep it again.   For best results, the driveway should be as clean as possible. 

Now try to tackle those stains (oil, gas, etc.).  Mix any brand of household detergent with water and use a strong scrub brush or push broom to wash away stains as much as possible.  Let any water that may have entered cracks or formed puddles on the surface dry before continuing.  Once dry, fill all cracks and holes with the appropriate filler.  Remember to use the corresponding products for different sized cracks or holes. 

Apply a thin coat of driveway sealer with a squeegee, roller or brush (the wider the better for whichever you choose).  Continue to mix the sealer throughout the process and don’t stop until the entire driveway is sealed.  Your driveway will need 24 hours to dry, so put up some caution tape or barricades to make sure no one goes on it during that time.  After the 24 hours is passed, you can put a second, and even third coat on the driveway if you feel it’s warranted.  After each coat again allow 24 hours for dry time, and don’t let anyone or anything on it during that time. 

With that, your driveway will look fresh and new again.  Your driveway projects to the rest of the neighborhood the entranceway to your home and its condition is a direct reflection on its owners.  Keep it sharp and you’ll have everyone on your block wondering why your house is looking so good these days. 

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