You made the smart decision to seal your driveway. You realized the importance of keeping your driveway at its best for a long time to come. Not only will your driveway look great once it’s sealed, but it will also protect against staining and other problems. It can even add value to your home. Now you’re wondering if it’s too late to do it during the fall, or too premature in early spring. We’ll guide you through the answer, because it can be tricky, but doable. There a couple things to keep in mind when making the decision.
The first thing you need to keep in mind is the temperature for the area you live in. In order for your driveway to seal properly it needs to be a consistent temperature for a couple days. The temperature needs to be more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and cannot be more than 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you live in a place like Arizona or Los Angeles neither of these will be an issue. If you live in a place that gets cooler you may want to wait. Make sure the temperature is consist for at least 48 hours and up to 72 hours for the driveway to seal properly.
Another aspect to keep in mind is the weather. You want to make sure that you’re not dealing with any elements when you’re planning on sealing your driveway. If snow, rain, sleet, or hail are a factor where you live then you should hold off. These type of weather elements will cause your driveway to seal incorrectly. If your driveway seals incorrectly then you’re going to have to reseal it, and that’s going to cost you more money. If there’s even a chance of rain or snow hold off on sealing your driveway.
What to do
The best course of action is to check your weather report constantly. If it looks like you have a few clear days that fit the above requirements then schedule your seal for that time of year. Sealing during the incorrect time of year can lead you to spending more money than you wanted to in order to repair the damage that can be done for sealing during the incorrect time.
You should reseal your driveway every two to five years to ensure that your driveway is properly sealed. Always use a professional to seal your driveway. The cleanup can be very messy and something the average person doesn’t want to deal with.