Your asphalt driveway will last a very long time. However, over time the asphalt will begin to show some wear and tear. It will end up cracking or fading. This will reduce the appeal, function, and the value of your home. In order for you to properly maintain the driveway you should seal it after installation. It is suggested that you reseal it every couple of years as well. Here is what you will need to seal it.

•          Cleaning Brush

•          Cleaning Detergent

•          Gloves

•          Brush Broom or Squeegee

•          Asphalt Cleaner

•          Trowel or Putty Knife

•          Crack Filler

•          Asphalt Sealer

Step 1: Let It Dry

When you have a new asphalt driveway installed, you need to allow it to dry and to cure. This is important. It will take a few months for it to cure completely. If you live in a hot climate, then you will only need to wait for one month before you seal it.

Step 2: Cleaning and Preparation

This is done right before you seal the driveway. Clean the driveway before you seal it. If any oils are trapped between the sealant and the asphalt, it will eat at the asphalt and then ultimately ruin your driveway. Pull all of the weeds and rid the driveway of all the debris using the push broom. Next, you will use a pressure washer in order to clean out the cracks. Clean all of the oil spots with the asphalt cleaner. Scrub the driveway with detergent mixed with water. Allow the asphalt to dry. 

Step 3: Repair Cracks

Seal any cracks or chips in the driveway with crack filler and a putty knife before you begin the process of sealing it. The patches should be completely dry before you continue.

Step 4: Mix the Sealer

Purchase the sealer a couple days before you plan the seal the driveway. Turn the buckets upside down. This will mix the sealer and offer a more consistent color.

Step 5: Apply the Sealer

It is best to apply a thin layer of the sealer. Applying additional sealer does not help. Use two thin layers to ensure that the driveway is completely covered without wasting much sealer. Pour a few gallons on your driveway and then work in small spaces. This is to ensure the sealer does not dry too fast. Use the squeegee or the push broom to push the sealer over the driveway. Pull the sealer to the driveway edges. Cover your driveway with the first layer in horizontal stripes down the driveway. After 6-12 hours, apply the second coat in vertical stripes. 

For more information or to hire a professional, contact a paving company like Pave-Core Paving Inc.