Sealing your driveway is an option that becomes available to you once the warmer months hit. Despite being optional, learning the benefits that come from performing the task will make you wonder why everybody doesn’t go ahead and apply it to their pavement. Here’s how to seal a driveway!
Are Driveway Sealers Worth it?
Driveway sealers are without a doubt worth your time and money. They are easy and cheap to apply, meaning that all it takes is one afternoon to increase your pavement’s durability and lifespan. If you aren’t aware, a driveway sealer creates a protective barrier between the ground and the rest of the world. This shield keeps your ground safe from cracks and water damage. This holds true whether your driveway is made of concrete or asphalt.
One of the main reasons that you should sealcoat your driveway is to increase its lifespan. Asphalt driveways last 15-20 years while concrete lasts 25-30. Sealing your driveway and protecting it from the elements ensures that you will be able to get the maximum usage out of your pavement.
How can I Seal My Driveway Myself?
To begin sealing your driveway you will first need to clean it off. Applying a sealant while it is dirty or cluttered can lead to more harm than good. After you have cleaned it off you should fill the existing cracks in your driveway. This can either be done through a professional’s help or by your own hand. Next, you should apply the sealcoat to the surface of your driveway making sure that you do not miss any spots along the way.
Once you have sealed a driveway you should wait before you drive over it again. The cooldown time depends on the weather conditions but as a general rule of thumb, you should wait 1-3 days.
What is the Best Product to Seal a Driveway?
There are many different sealers on the market with some of them being drastically more expensive than others. If you live in an area that has constant exposure to water then you may want to consider going with a sealant that is heavier duty such as Liquid Rubber. If you want something more standard, a plain sealer or asphalt-based sealer is enough to do the trick.
Have More Questions?
You can count on Walt’s Paving to complete your residential or commercial paving project in an efficient and timely manner. We have over 40 years of experience paving asphalt driveways, making asphalt repairs, and seal coating asphalt. We are located in Osceola IN and service homeowners and businesses within 50 miles of Elkhart IN. If you have any further questions regarding our services, do not hesitate to contact us today.