There is just something about that fresh asphalt look. That’s the look that says, “My driveway is brand new,” even if it’s been there for years. However, over time, that look slowly begins to fade. Without proper care, that smooth blacktop driveway can wear, crack and even begin to break away, eventually resulting in an expensive resurfacing job.
This does not need to be the fate of your driveway. Rather, with a little upkeep and timely maintenance, you should be able to enjoy a smooth new looking driveway for many years.
Prep Work for Resealing
To keep your driveway looking like new, it needs to be resealed. The amount of traffic and age of your driveway will greatly determine how often and how much sealant you need to apply. You should double-check the forecast and make sure no rain predicted. Sealant needs at least two days to completely dry.
Before applying any sealant, it is important to properly clean your driveway. This can be done with a power washer or just a hose. This will help get any grit and other unwanted debris off the driveway. The next step is to repair any cracks, dips or holes. These cracks and holes can allow water to seep into your driveway, speeding up the deterioration process. There are products available at your local hardware store to help fill these cracks and holes.
Sealing Your Driveway
Once all of the prep work has been completed, you are now ready to seal your driveway. Before getting started, understand that blacktop sealant is messy. You should wear clothes you wouldn’t mind throwing away afterwards. You will need a squeegee or a long handled roller to properly apply the sealant. Applying sealant is a similar process of painting. However, with many different sealants available on the market today, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying the product. Make sure to apply the sealant in an even and consistent manner.
Once you have applied the sealant, allow time for it to properly dry. Once the sealant is dry, your driveway will have that shiny new black look. In addition to this new look, your driveway is once again protected from any cracks that may let water penetrate and is also protected from any oil spills.
Everyone wants to realize the full value of their home. A broken down driveway should not be a reason why your home is not in tip top shape. These few tips can quickly move your home up the sellable scale in the Red Deer real estate market. Remember, a little bit of upkeep can go a long way.
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