Just like your house, car, or yard, your driveway needs occasional maintenance to keep it in good working order and ensure that it lasts for a long time. A good sealer will keep your driveway looking great for many years, or rejuvenate an existing surface. A sealer will improve your driveway’s appearance, keep UV rays from causing it to fade and protect it from stains.
Why Should I Seal My Driveway?
Like anything else, your driveway is worn down by everyday life. Whether it’s the sun, rain, snow, wind, or just the wear and tear that comes from everyday vehicle and foot traffic, the asphalt of your driveway will start to crack, chip, and erode. Sealing a driveway can be compared to waxing your car, wearing sunscreen or spraying Scotchgard™ on your favourite shirt. It refurbishes those cracks and holes, giving your driveway a fresh look that will keep it solid for years. Think of it as painting the walls of your house or getting standard car maintenance.
How Often Should I Seal My Driveway?
Climates with a lot of sun and heat or a lot of wintry weather typically require more frequent sealing. In general, sealing is recommended every two to five years. Some people like to do it annually to keep their driveway looking smooth and well-maintained, but as long as you do it before the five-year mark you should be good to go.
What is the Ideal Weather for Sealing?
You should avoid the winter months if you live in an area that gets consistently cold winter weather. Temperatures should not be below 50 degrees when you are having your driveway sealed. Sealing should also not be done when it rains.
Will Sealing Fix the Cracks In My Driveway?
Cracks are a common reason to have your driveway resealed, but sealing alone will not fill in and remove substantial cracks in your driveway. For that to happen, the cracks must be filled with rubberized crack sealer before the driveway is worked on. Before committing to a company, be sure to ask if they’ll seal cracks for you, as not all driveway sealing companies offer this service.
What Do I Have To Do Before Sealing?
All you have to do is make sure your driveway is clear of all clutter and obstructions. Vehicles should be removed along with toys, branches, rocks, and any other debris. Oil stains should be removed if possible, but no other cleaning is required.
How Long Should I Wait Before Using the Driveway After It’s Sealed?
You only need to wait a couple of hours for the sealing to dry before you can walk and run on the driveway. However, you should wait at least 24 hours before driving any vehicles on your driveway.
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