If you have a recently paved asphalt driveway that needs its first application of sealant, you may decide to tackle the job yourself. Below are three tips to help successfully seal your driveway.
Plan On Sealing When The Weather Conditions Are Right
When scheduling your project, keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure the conditions are right for two or three days to give the sealant time to set up. Pick a time when there is no chance of rain in the forecast.
Not only does the weather need to be dry, but the temperatures need to be consistent. The lows for those days should not go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, while the highs should not exceed 80 degrees.
Start With The Corners And Edges
The corners and edges are the most vulnerable to damage caused by impact or adverse weather conditions. Because of this, make sure they receive the full coating by starting the application with them.
Beginning in one corner, pour enough sealant to cover the top surface and the sides. Use a long-handled, stiff-bristled broom to ensure the coating is spread evenly. Then, continue in small sections along the edges and other corners. Once these are completed, start applying the sealant to the surface.
Apply The Sealant In Thin Layers
When applying the sealant, do not use thick layers. Thicker layers take longer to dry and cure. Also, working with a large amount of sealant makes it harder to apply it evenly.
Using multiple, thin layers gives you better control over the smoothness of the coating. Thin layers also dry faster, shortening the time your driveway is out of commission while the sealant sets up.
When applying the layers, wait until the previous one has set and feels tacky to the touch. Although the previous layer may be slightly wet and sticky, it should be enough to allow it to set and be ready for the next application.
At a minimum, two thin layers should applied. However, if time allows, a third layer will give the asphalt extra protection from moisture and dings from impact.
Once you have applied the sealant using the above tips, you should have an even, durable surface. However, if you are unsure about completing the job yourself, you may want to contact a paving contractor like Superior Asphalt Paving Inc to discuss having them do the job for you.