Driveway Sealing Guidelines

Driveway Sealing is definitely not to be neglected. No matter what kind of driveway materials you’re using, you’re bound to do it sooner or later (and, trust me, the sooner the better… I’ll elaborate on that in a minute). Even if you’re using materials that aren’t as prone to cracking, there’s still no reason to wait around.

If you do decide to give it time, even though it’s noticeable that your driveway is due for a renewal, you’ll just make the expenses of doing it so that much bigger. Yes, waiting for too long before making the repairs can actually force you to redo the entire driveway completely, instead of just sealing it. This is because the damage done can often get worse and reach the depths of your driveway if you fail to act soon enough.

Roughly speaking, if 1/4 of your driveway is covered with cracks and if the cracks are small, you can still handle it by using a driveway sealer. But the basic principle is to do it every couple of years anyway, because if you do it regularly, there will be less cracks to seal. And if you do it in 2-3 layers, you will have to renew it less frequently, because your driveway is going to be more resistant to climactic conditions.

For DIY enthusiasts, there is a lot of room here! Contrary to popular belief, you can do this task yourself, if you have the right tools and know-how. Here’s what you’re going to need: a garden hose, a driveway sealer and some crack repair mass.

Before you start, just a quick warning. You don’t want to do any work on your driveway if you know it’s going to rain in the following two days. Just wait for a nice warm sunny day. First, you’re going to want to clean your driveway to remove any dirt and excess materials that might be lying around there. Cut the grass if need be, because you don’t want it to get in the way. After that, if you’re getting a feeling that water didn’t wash away some of the oil stains, you might want to manually scrub these and after you’re done, rinse with water again.

Then you’re just about ready to start working! Be mindful that this is a peculiar process though. What I mean by that is, well, no matter how much you’re trying to not stain yourself, you can pretty much trust me when I tell you that’s precisely what’s going to happen. So just wear some old clothes and there you go – problem solved.