How To Use Seal Coating Spray To Protect And Defend Your Driveway
Why You Need To Protect Your Driveway
Asphalt is constantly exposed to the elements, which dry it out, making it brittle and prone to cracking. By using seal coating spray to defend your driveway against sun, rain, freeze, thaw, oil and solvents, you protect it from damage. Left untreated, you’ll go from driveway repair to replacement, an expensive, and unnecessary, result. You certainly wouldn’t allow the elements into your home to do damage, so why leave your asphalt exposed? Practice good driveway maintenance habits right away.
Use A Quality Sealcoating Product
Whether you are a do-it-yourself person, or hiring a contractor, the need for a quality seal coating spray can’t be overstated! Cheap ingredients, watered down product, are not a savings when it comes to protection. Commercial grade is best, especially the ones used, and recommended by, airports. They know how much quality matters! A key ingredient is coal tar. There’s a reason it’s the most popular. It stands the test of time, is more resistant to oil, solvents and other staining agents, and will last 2 to 3 years. It can be difficult to buy locally in a home owner’s size, but it can be purchased here easily. Be sure to buy from a reputable dealer, so you know you’re getting the right quality. If you decide to hire someone to sealcoat for you, make sure to ask them about the product they use!
High quality airport grade sealer
Keys To Success
For the seal coating spray to bond with the asphalt, the surface must be thoroughly cleaned. Remove any oil stains with a degreaser. Power wash or sweep the entire area. If there are any weeds or loose gravel they must be removed. Cracks need to be filled and repaired. All of these steps are necessary to prevent peeling of the sealcoating, and to ensure the cracks don’t become bigger.
How To Apply
There’s great sprayer equipment out there to make the job quick, easy and professional. Only you can decide if you want to make that investment for a job you’ll need to do every 2 years. It can be done though, very successfully, with brushes and brooms by hand. Either way, be sure to mask off the area so you don’t end up with black on your sidewalk, garage, or other areas. Start at the top of your driveway, and work your way down. The key is 2 thin coats are better than one thick one. Seal coating spray needs to cure, and it won’t set up properly if you apply it thickly! Don’t forget to block access with caution tape, or saw horses to keep people and cars off while it’s drying.
Does Your Driveway Need Defending?
This is the simplest test in the world. Pour water on your asphalt, and see if it beads up, or soaks in. A properly protected driveway will bead up and repel the water. If that’s not what’s happening, you know it’s time to take action and work on driveway maintenance.
Now You Know Why You Need Sealcoating
That’s it, all you need to know to understand the basics of driveway maintenance, whether you decide to do it yourself, or to hire someone. Do the water test, first, to see if you need sealcoating. Follow up with a thorough cleaning, crack repair, and finally, applying a high quality coal tar seal coating spray.
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