Homeowner Tip: Seal Your Driveway
How to Seal a Driveway
© How to Seal a Driveway
Sealing your driveway might sound like a daunting task, but it is a really simple DIY project that you can complete in only a couple of hours! One of our staff members took advantage of the warm weather last weekend and shared with us on Monday morning just how simple it really is. So we thought we would pass it along on Homeowner Tip Tuesday.
Sealer should only be applied during the summer months, so it is hot enough to dry - a perfect project to take on just before everyone heads back to school.
Don't worry too much about working with brand new products, you can get away with household items that you already own. You will, however, need to purchase driveway sealer and crack sealer (if you have large cracks in your driveway that need repair). A large stick can be used to stir the sealer and a push broom or large squeegee will help spread the sealer to the edges.
Start by throwing on some old clothes and sneakers that you won't mind working in or getting dirty. Block off your driveway with a rope or a sign, making sure no uninformed family member or guest drives over your hard work. Then, power wash the surface of the driveway.
Cracks and holes in the driveway can be filled with asphalt patch if needed. Prepare the sealer by stirring with a large stick per the manufacturer's directions.
Spread the sealer in two gallon increments, working in small areas so it won't dry before it is spread. Cover the existing asphalt in a thin layer of sealer. When you've finished spreading the sealer over the entire surface of the driveway, go along the edges with a smaller paint brush to make sure no spot is missed.
Refrain from walking on the surface for several hours while the sealer dries and let it continue to dry for 1-2 nights before driving on it. Next thing you know, your driveway will look good as new!