Sealing a Driveway? Use these Tips in Residential Driveway Paving

Do you plan on sealing a driveway? Most home owners prefer to have properly manicured lawn and decent looking driveways. You do not have to wish about this anymore. You can get your driveway paved like those homes to get to pass by whenever you drive about town. You can use these tips in residential driveway paving even if you do not have plans of doing it on your own. Some homeowners prefer do-it-yourself home improvement projects but when it comes to sealing the driveway, a little help from the professionals is a notch better. However, this does not mean that you do not need to know even a little about sealing your driveway. It is essential that you learn little bits of information and the basics of sealing in order for you to avoid getting low quality service from your contractor. Here are some tips that you can make use in case you plan to seal the driveway on your own.

  1. Make sure that you prepare the area to make it ready for sealing. You need to do this during hot summer months. If you cannot wait for summer to come before sealing, choose a particular day that rain will not be expected for at least 36 hours. The most preferable temperature during your application should be above 60 degrees.
  2. Barricade your driveway if you expect other vehicles coming near your residence. This will not be a problem if you do not live in subdivisions. Make sure that you clean your driveway thoroughly as well. Wear old clothes that you never mind getting damaged or get dirty. Tie your shoes with non-slip plastic bag to protect it from the sealant that you will use, too.
  3. Check if your driveway has holes or cracks. Clean it out and fill it up with asphalt patch. Sealing your driveway with these cracks and holes will only do no good to your efforts.
  4. Prepare the sealer. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction that comes with the package container. Stir it according to instructions for best results.
  5. Pour appropriate amount of sealer on your driveway depending on its area. Most driveways require two gallons of sealer and even more if you have longer and wider driveway. Begin working in smaller areas to coat your driveway thinly and evenly before it starts to get dry. You can use a squeegee if you find it difficult to pull the sealer to the edges.
  6. Let the surface dry for a few hours or overnight for best results. You will get a brand new driveway in the morning.