There is a right and wrong way to working on your asphalt driveway–-especially when it comes to sealing it properly. Many homeowners today use sealing methods and techniques that are absolutely wrong. Here are four things you should never do unless you want to add yourself to that list.
Seal the Driveway Immediately After Installation
You might have been advised to seal the asphalt driveway immediately after it was installed. Theoretically, this may seem like the most reasonable course of action to take. However, you should actually wait close to three months before doing so. Why? Your asphalt needs plenty of time to harden in place before being sealed. If your climate is mostly hot and dry, you might even be able to seal it successfully about one month after installation.
Seal a Damaged Driveway without Repairing It
Your asphalt needs to be in good condition before sealing it. Otherwise, you will simply be wasting your time and resources since using sealant on a damaged driveway is pointless.
Depending on the age of your driveway, you may need to use blacktop patches for deep holes and a simple patching compound to fill any minor cracks. You might even want to invest in a professional inspection by an asphalt contractor or specialist like Star Paving to determine if there are any signs of damage that you might not be able to detect for one reason or another.
Use the Sealant without Mixing It First
Even if you purchase the best quality sealant on the market, you should never use it without mixing it first. This will require a little bit of planning in advance since you should mix the sealer at least two days before sealing the driveway. All that you need to do is tip the buckets upside down and leave them there. In addition to mixing the sealant within the buckets, you will also maintain consistency when it comes to the color.
Wear Clothing You Want to Keep Afterwards
The last thing you want to do is wear clothing and footwear that you plan on keeping or value highly when sealing your driveway. No matter how careful you approach this project, chances are you will get at least a little sealant on yourself. The chemicals found within most asphalt sealants will basically destroy fine fabrics and linens, so you should wear clothing that you don't mind throwing away after your work is finally done.Share