5 Mistakes to Avoid When Sealcoating Your Driveway
There are plenty of reasons why homeowners need to sealcoat their asphalt driveways. With the extreme weather changes, homeowners in south central Pennsylvania need to take yearly care of their driveway to maximize its lifespan. If you consistently do preventative maintenance, your driveway can last twenty to thirty years. If you skip yearly maintenance like fixing cracks and sealcoating, you might have to invest in patches or a complete driveway repaving.
Here are five mistakes to avoid when sealcoating your driveway:
Not properly cleaning your driveway.
Cleaning the dirt and grime off your driveway before sealcoating is a critical step in maintenance. Otherwise, you end locking the dirt and grime under the sealer where it continues to break away at the underlying asphalt.
Wash away dirt by power washing your entire driveway. Make sure you pay special attention to any cracks where dirt, sticks, and leaves easily get caught.
Assuming sealer will fill the cracks.
You may think that applying sealer will fill in the driveway cracks. That is not the case. Address driveway cracks before you start sealcoating. Buy specially formulated crack filler at your local home improvement store. Make sure the filler has set and the cracks are filled before beginning the sealcoating process.
Applying a thick coat.
Slathering a thick layer of sealant on your driveway is tempting. But, applying sealer in thick layers doesn’t allow it to dry properly. It can actually cause it to crack more quickly.
Apply sealer in thin layers for best results.
Using the wrong applicator.
Every sealant manufacturer offers unique guidelines and instructions on how to properly apply the sealer. Read these instructions. The majority suggest using a squeegee to complete the project.
Not letting the sealer dry.
Sealer needs to properly set and dry before you add another layer. Skipping this step can cause your sealer to crack and leave you with the project to complete all over again.
Sealcoating your driveway is critical to its lifespan. Sealing a driveway is also a long and tedious project. If you don’t have the time or just don’t want the hassle, you can contact a professional sealcoating company to complete it for you. John Parichuk Paving has been helping residential homeowners in Gettysburg, Spring Grove, York, and Hanover, PA, areas for forty-five years. Call us at 717-577-7329 for a sealcoating quote today.