Sealing your driveway is an important home maintenance task that is often overlooked. Not only does sealer help extend the life of your driveway by protecting it from the damaging sun, rain and snow and from gas and oil spills, but it’s also a great way to enhance the curb appeal and exterior of your home. Complete the job in just one weekend with our step-by-step tutorial.
- Asphalt sealer
- Broom or squeegee
- Rubber gloves
- Asphalt patch sealer or crack compound
- Putty knife or trowel
Step 1: If your driveway has any gas or oil spills, clean them first with a mild detergent to keep the stains from bleeding through the sealer. Remove any grass or weeds that might be growing in cracks, and use a lawn edge-trimmer to minimize grass along the edges of the driveway.
Step 2: Repair cracks and fissures with a crack sealer or patch compound. Use a broom to sweep the driveway clean of dirt and hose it down with water. Let dry for 24 hours.
Step 3: Open the container of asphalt sealer and stir well. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and precautions. Pour enough sealer onto the driveway to cover an area of about 4×4 feet. Working the sealer in smaller sections will give you the time necessary to apply an even, overall coat.
Step 4: Use a broom or squeegee to apply the sealer, pushing it back and forth over the driveway until you have a nice, even coat. Be sure to feather the edges to avoid ridges or an overlapping effect from working in small sections.
Step 5: Refrain from walking on or using the driveway for at least 24 hours to allow the sealer to fully dry. Soap and warm water should be all that’s required to clean your tools and yourself once the job is complete.
Every couple of years, you will need to reseal your driveway in order to maintain its appearance and structural strength. It may take a bit of time, but in the end your driveway and wallet will thank you!