Is your asphalt driveway in need of sealcoating? Because of its affordability, sealcoating is more and more becoming a do-it-yourself project for many homeowners. This will be a weekend project no doubt, but the process is straightforward and quite simple. The benefits of sealcoating your driveway are numerous, and your driveway will be no different once it's done. So get your driveway ready, because in five simple steps, you can have it looking brand new.
1. Prep your driveway for cleaning by removing loose dirt and debris. Using a heavy-duty push broom, sweep any debris like small chunks of loose asphalt and pebbles off of your driveway. Remember not to just sweep the debris into the road or your lawn. Gather swept debris into a pile—or more if you have a lot of grit—and use a shop vac to suck it up. Finish up your preparation by applying a degreaser to any oil spots or stains and let it soak for a while before you wash your driveway.
2. Scrub your driveway clean with good, old-fashioned dish soap and your heavy-duty push broom. Your garden hose will work just fine for getting the area wet. Simply scrub the soapy water into your driveway with your broom and rinse with your garden hose and a high-powered nozzle. If you have a pressure washer, all the better, however, your garden hose will work just fine.
3. Patch any potholes or cracks with the proper crack filler product. Driveway sealcoating does not work for this job. Once you have your crack filler of choice, go ahead and apply it to any cracks and small fissures throughout your driveway following the package instructions. For larger potholes, consider using a cold pour filler, which doesn't require heating prior to application. Let any filler set completely before you begin to lay your sealcoating.
4. Mix your sealcoating product according to package instructions. The sealcoating mix—no matter the brand—will generally require just three ingredients in the mix: water, sand, and a rubber-latex based additive. Water adds the appropriate fluidity to the mix, while sand gives the finished product a uniform texture. Using a rubber-latex based additive will help the sealer dry faster, last longer, and help the entire mix adhere to your driveway.
5. Once your sealcoating is mixed, apply it to your driveway using a powered sprayer and heavy-duty push squeegee and brush. Apply the mix evenly, using your power equipment and push squeegee wherever you can. Try to avoid using a hand held squeegee or brush, except for instances where your larger equipment can't reach. Once you've applied all your sealcoating, let it cure completely as stated by your product's directions.
In five steps you can have your driveway prepped and sealed, ready to brave the daily traffic to and from your home. For equipment rentals and products, you can most definitely contact local sealcoating experts at Stritar Seal Coating, and they'll be sure to provide you with what you need to get the job done.