Many homeowners decide they want to seal their asphalt driveways, but do not have the slightest clue about how to go about it. This is a great summer home improvement project that does not take very long and will make your driveway look fantastic. If you decide to go this route, here are some tips that will help you along the way.
Wear Protective Gear
You should never allow an asphalt driveway sealer to come in contact with your skin. They are harsh chemicals that can really hurt you. In order to protect oneself, they should wear appropriate gloves. In addition, it is hazardous to breathe in the scent an asphalt driveway sealer. With that said, you should also invest in a mask if you don’t already own one.
Remove Dirt and Stains
It is important to remove all dirt and stains on your driveway before you seal it. Use a pressure washer to remove any sort of debris and then let it dry. After you have done so, it will ready for the sealer. This is a necessary step that you don’t want to skip because the final product won’t look nearly as good.
One Corner At Time
It is important that when you are sealcoating your driveway you only one corner at a time. Don’t get ahead of yourself and start pouring sealer all over your driveway. Start in a small section of a corner and work your way around. It is also important to note that an asphalt driveway sealer should be applied very thinly.
Common Mistakes To Avoid
There are all sorts of mistakes homeowners make in regards to this project. For one, always make sure you let the surface dry for at least 24 hours before parking your car or walking on it. Next, many homeowners will apply the seal coat way too thick. Finally, only work on sealing your driveway when the weather conditions are ideal. If there is any chance of precipitation, delay your project until the weather cooperates with you.
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