Sealing your driveway is a great thing to do. It can help prolong the life of your driveway among other things. It’s important to learn as much as you can before sealing your driveway. Here are five things you didn’t know about sealing your driveway.
- You might have to wait a bit before sealing
If you’ve just installed a new driveway you’re going to have to wait before sealing it. Your driveway needs to cure before you can feel it and that may take a few months. Some contractors may want to wait through an entire summer before sealing it. The good thing is that you can seal your driveway at any point after its finished curing. This could be a few months or a few years.
- The driveway has to be prepped
If your driveway isn’t new or perfectly maintained you’re going to have to prep at first. You’ll need to get rid of any weeds, as well as fill any potholes and cracks. All of that work needs to cure before you can fill it, so be prepared to wait, or get your repairs done well in advance.
- Good weather is a must
You need to make sure that there’s no rain or snow for a few days if you’re planning on sealing your driveway. This is to make sure the coats of sealant are able to dry. A sealcoat can only be applied during warm weather so keep that in mind when you’re planning on sealing your driveway.
- Thicker isn’t always better
You may be thinking it’s a good idea to get on the thickest layer of sealant possible. The old adage goes more is better, but that isn’t the case here. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions as to the amount of sealant used. You’re just wasting your money when you use extra sealant.
- You need to plan ahead of time
We already mentioned that any repairs need to be done ahead of time, but there’s more than that. If you’re doing it yourself you need to get your buckets set up in order to ensure there is a continuous flow product. You also need to have a place to park your car for a couple days, because you can’t have it on your driveway while it’s drying. You also need some sort of barrier that stops others for example, the delivery men, from driving on your driveway while it’s drying which could possibly disturb the drying process.