Sealcoating your driveway is one of the most essential steps in prolonging its life. It can protect your driveway from harmful agents that can make it lose its waterproofing ability and adhesive ability. If you have not sealed your driveway yet, then you should. You can either consult a professional and have this done, or you can do it yourself. If you have decided to seal your driveway the DIY way, here are the steps that you should follow.
Step 1: Planning
Plan your sealing properly. This means that you have to determine the length and width of your driveway as this will determine the amount of sealant that you will use. A five-gallon sealant will be able to cover a 400 to 500 square feet driveway. Also, make sure that you have all the essential ingredients and tools to prepare and seal your driveway such as a sealer brush and safety glasses. You will also need an old set of clothing, old sneakers, rags, spray bottle, paint roller, push broom, leaf blower, weed trimmer, long stem paint stirring paddle, and oil spot primer.
Step 2: Clean and Prepare Your Driveway
On the day that you are going to seal your driveway, make sure that the temperature during the day is not below 18°C (65°F) and not below 10°C (50°F) at night. Anything below the said temperatures will not help cure the sealant properly. When you have determined the right temperatures, then you can start preparing the driveway by trimming away any grass or weed along the edges. Also, make sure that debris and dirt are removed from the surface. You can use a powered blower and a broom to do this.
To remove dust on the surface, you can pressure wash the surface. This will help remove dusts, debris, and grasses that have fallen between the cracks. Once this is done, you can then re-blow your driveway with the power blower that you have. You have to remember that the sealant will bond better if your driveway is super clean.
Step 3: Sealing Cracks and Holes
You can do this by using an asphalt patch or an acrylic sealant. Or if you can get hold of a hot rubberized crack sealant that professional pavers use, then you should use it to fill the cracks and holes that are present on your driveway. This hot sealant is better when it comes to repairing small cracks and holes. Remove any excess sealant on the driveway as soon as it has cooled down. Also, make sure that the oil primer you used with the sealant is dry before you start sealcoating your driveway.
Step 4: Sealcoating
Before you pour the sealer unto your driveway, make sure that it is thoroughly mixed. Use the stirring tool that comes with it. If it doesn’t have a stirring tool, you can use any object (stick or wood) to stir it well. Make sure that no sand stays at the bottom of the bucket and see to it that everything is suspended. Once this is done, you can pour the sealant on the driveway. You can start spreading small amounts of sealant. This will make sure the sealant will not dry out on you before you are able to spread and smooth everything out. Work your way across the driveway by using the sealer brush and spreading the sealant in straight or perpendicular lines. Make sure the lines overlap each other by an inch or so. Try to make the lines as even as possible as it will be evident when the sealant is completely dry.
Sealcoating a driveway may be a taxing job to do. But, you will be satisfied once everything is done. You will also give your driveway a better chance of surviving that long. If you are not so keen with the DIY way, you can always consult the professionals so you can have expert help on your side.