Asphalt driveways look beautiful when newly paved. They help add curb appeal to your home and make your home look polished and well-taken care of. Over time though, that asphalt driveway can quickly look like an eyesore if not cared for properly. Your driveway needs to be maintained and sealed in order to keep it looking like new and to protect your investment. See below for instructions on how to make repairs and seal your driveway.
Cracks can happen over time from weather, heavy vehicles, and from weeds/grass attempting to grow through the asphalt. Repair those cracks using an asphalt patch or asphalt caulking. You can find either of these at your local hardware store.
- Clean the cracks thoroughly to remove any weeds/grass that may be growing up through.
- Then clean out the debris inside the crack using a chisel and a shop vacuum (or a stiff bristle brush). You need a sturdy area for the patch or caulk to adhere to.
- It's best to use an asphalt patch on a warm day so the patch can heat up properly in the sun.
- Pour the patch out of the packaging, then tamp it down using a tamper. To further adhere it to your driveway, use a piece of wood and your car. Drive over the piece of wood (over the patch) to flatten it out.
- For the asphalt caulking, apply it as you would traditional caulk. Smooth it with a putty knife or a rubber-gloved hand.
Seal your asphalt to keep it looking like new and to protect your driveway for years to come. To apply sealer:
- Start by cleaning your driveway using a leaf blower to remove all debris from the surface. If you have any stains, use a de-greasing agent that is safe for asphalt to remove the stains (which can breakdown your asphalt).
- Once clean, be sure you have a warm enough day to apply the sealer. You also want a few days without rain in the forecast.
- Using a paintbrush, apply the sealer to the edges of your driveway where you don't want the sealer to get onto other landscaping, sidewalks, or garage floors.
- Next, use a long-handled squeegee to apply the sealer to your driveway in even coats. Work from one side to the other, working your way down the driveway until you have completed the entire driveway.
- Finally, add flags or caution tape along the end of your driveway to prevent anyone from pulling into your driveway. You'll need at least 24 hours for the sealer to cure.
Maintaining your driveway by making necessary repairs and applying sealer (every few years) can keep your paved driveway looking great for a number of years. To learn more about proper maintenance, get in touch with a paving company like the one represented at http://www.phend-brown.com.