Why should I get my driveway sealed?
My driveway has cracks in it, what should I do?
Sealing your driveway every year will help prolong the life of your asphalt. Driveway sealer is designed to
prevent the deterioration of the surface by UV rays. UV rays can make the surface brittle which will cause the
driveway to crack.
How long should I stay off my driveway after it has been sealed?
Cracks in a driveway is caused by a brittle surface, which in turn comes from UV rays. Cracks should always
be repaired before sealing your driveway. If cracks are left unsealed, water will escape into the cracks. This
can cause 2 problems. One, the ground under your driveway can become soft and then when driven on, the asphalt
breaks and you end up with a hole. The second, applies to colder climates. If the water under your driveway freezes,
the expansion will push your driveway up and cause further cracks and damage.
Will my driveway be slippery after application?
This time will vary depending on weather conditions. We generally recommend 12 hours before putting cars back on
the driveway. Pedestrian traffic is usually ok after a couple of hours, with more time allowed in shaded areas. In
most cases, a driveway sealed some time before lunch will be safe to drive on after supper or prior to going to bed.
Anyone who tells you more then 24 hours is doing something wrong and you should seek additional opinions.
I have heard complaints about sprayed sealer. What's the deal?
Yes, the driveway will be a little more slippery, but this will wear off in 1-2 weeks depending on rain and traffic.
I seal my driveway myself with a roller. Is spraying it on better?
Such complaints will usually be traced back to the company sealing the driveway. There are a lot of people looking to
make the quick buck. Complaints I have heard include: the sealer tracked through my house; my driveway turned brown after
a couple weeks; I have sealer on my wall/siding/brick/garage door. These complaints are not uncommon and goes hand-in-hand
with unprofessional service. Many companies will add such things as gas, oil or diesel to their sealer to thin it out and
get more coverage. This thining will cause the sealer to take longer drying, with come off on shoes after it has dried and
can turn the driveway a brown color. Driveway sealer SHOULD NOT
be diluted! It should be applied 100%
pure. Care should also be taken, using clean cutting boards to protect walls, siding and other items in the garden.
How do I prepare my driveway to be sealed?
Driveway sealer applied with a roller is a great way for the do-it-yourselfer, but there are several advantages
to having your driveway sprayed. The major advantage is the thickness of the sealer. Have a couple of years of
application with a roller, the small holes in your driveway will begin to fill up, this will make your driveway very
smooth and slick in wet conditions. This can be hazardous especially where elderly people are concerned. Spraying
the driveway sealer will ensure you have adequate coverage, but at the same time, not make your driveway as slick in
wet weather. Spraying your driveway is also faster, it dries quicker, and provides a more even coverage.
I just had my driveway paved, how soon should I seal it?
Prior to sealing your driveway, you should throughly clean it from all dust, dirt and debris. This is a process of
sweeping it off, blowing it off with a leaf blower or if you have time, pressure wash it and allow it to dry before
application. Any oil spots should be washed with a driveway cleaner and rinsed off. If you have cracks in your driveway,
these cracks should be filled with a crack filler designed for this use. Most companies will use a broom and leaf blower
to prep your driveway and a reputable company will have crack filler and cold patch on hand.
Roads and highways are not sealed, why should I seal my driveway?
If you have a newly paved driveway, you should wait a minimum of 6 months before sealing it. Fresh asphalt contains
light-weight oils that will evaporate over time. As these oils evaporate, your asphalt will become harder and harder.
If a fresh driveway is sealed, the sealing will prevent this evaporation and your driveway might become permanently soft.
This is probably the most debated topic about sealing your driveway. Well, there are several reasons why roads and highways
do not get sealed. First, the high volumn of traffic will rapidly wear away the sealed surface, so essentially, we would be
throwing away money. Second, roadways are built differently then your home driveway or parking lot. Engineers and government
officials plan on re-paving after a given period of time, homeowners don't normally plan for this. Third, UV rays will damage
the surface of the asphalt, causing it to become brittle. With heavy traffic, this brittle surface will wear away and expose
fresh new asphalt. Oil drippings from cars and trucks can even help in acting as a low-grade sealer. Typically, driveways
don't recieve the same traffic so we must seal them to preserve the asphalt.