Tips for Preparing Your Driveway for Sealcoating

October 13, 2020

Tips for Preparing Your Driveway for Sealcoating

Sealcoating prepares your asphalt driveway for withstanding extreme weather conditions and the damaging effects of car pollutants such as dripping oils. It reduces the likelihood of deterioration in the form of brittleness, cracks, and potholes as well as increases the driveway’s overall life span. In short, sealcoating protects your driveway from the elements and can save you time and money that you would otherwise have to spend on frequent repairs. These tips for preparing your driveway for sealcoating will ensure that the job gets done right and that your driveway is left looking clean, sleek, and damage-free.

Assess Your Driveway

An initial assessment will locate signs of deterioration, such as cracks, potholes, and oil stains. The point of properly identifying and marking existing damage to your driveway is so that you don’t miss any of it during the sealcoating process.

If your driveway was installed within the past two years, it doesn't require sealcoating, despite any visible signs of wear or tear.

Check the Forecast

If the forecast predicts rain, snow, or other inclement weather, you'll need to reschedule your sealcoating appointment. Consider the temperature, too. Sealcoat application can only be done on asphalt that's over 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Not following these guidelines can lead to an improperly or inadequately sealed driveway.

Clear and Prepare the Area

Clearing and preparing your driveway for sealcoating is an essential first step. Remove any debris from the asphalt surface, including loose pebbles and leaves along with larger items such as cars, bicycles, garbage cans, and toys. Wash any fertilizers and chalk from the asphalt. Sealer won't stick to a dirty driveway, so doing this is crucial. If you use sprinklers, turn them off a full day before the sealcoating process, and don't turn them back on again for a full day afterwards.

Make sure you don't have any scheduled deliveries. If your front door touches the driveway, it’ll be inaccessible during the sealcoating process. Reschedule your deliveries or arrange for a different drop-off point.

During the application and drying process, keep pets and children away from the surface. If you need to walk your dogs, let them loose in the backyard or use an alternative exit to leave the house.

Prime the Asphalt

Another tip for preparing your driveway for sealcoating is to prime it. Priming your driveway by removing oil stains will increase the effectiveness of your sealcoat application. Wash the driveway with a soap nozzle attached to either a power-washer or a garden hose, and then scrub the drive with a stiff-bristled push broom. Remove the soap residue with a spray of clean water, and let the driveway dry before applying the primer.

NAC Supply is your home for asphalt sealcoating equipment and other pavement maintenance tools. If you're looking for quality products to help you maintain your asphalt driveway or parking lot, take a look in our inventory.

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