Step By Step Instructions On How To Seal Your Driveway
Sealing your driveway can prolong the life of the asphalt and keep it protected from the elements. The seal acts as a barrier on the driveway and keeps cracks from spreading to other parts of the driveway. Here is a step-by-step guide to teach you how to seal your driveway yourself.
You will need the following items to complete this task:
- Hard bristled scrub brush
- Safety glasses
1 - Start by cleaning the driveway to remove all the built up dirt and grime that is on the driveway. Take a bucket and fill it with warm water, then add a few squirts of dish soap and mix it into the water. Take a hard bristled scrub brush and dunk it into the soapy water and scrub the dirty areas of the driveway. Alternately, you can use a power washer to get the tough stains off the driveway. Make sure the dirt or grime is removed to ensure the best possible seal when it is applied over top of the asphalt.
2 - Tape off the surrounding area or lay down tarp over top of the areas that you do not want to get wet with sealant. The tarp will catch any spills and prevent the sealant from contaminating things like concrete or wooden steps.
3 - You are now ready to open the can of sealant and begin applying it to the driveway. Put on the gloves and safety glasses and wear them throughout this entire procedure to protect your skin and eyes from coming into contact with the sealant. You can take the can and begin to pour it out evenly over the surface of the driveway. The easiest way to keep the sealant spread evenly over the driveway is to pour it in six to ten inch areas and then use the squeegee to spread it properly. Start at the front of the driveway and seal it to the back towards the road or street. You need to make sure that you don't stop during this process until the job is finished, as it will give the sealant a chance to harden before you have completed the job.
4 - Once the sealant is completely applied over the entire surface, give it a full twenty four hours to dry and harden. During this time, do not walk or drive your car on the driveway or it could leave imprints on the surface of the sealant.
Applying a coat of sealant to a driveway can be a messy job, so if you don't have the time to do the job properly then you should hire a professional paving or asphalt company like AFS Construction Services to do it for you.