Sealcoating your driveway is one of the guaranteed ways to prolong its durability and improve the curb appeal of your property. As it makes your driveway more durable and extends the life of the asphalt, it also ensures that there is no need for frequent repairs, thereby saving money in the long run.
Sealcoating a driveway involves the application of an emulsified product on the surface of the asphalt driveway to help seal in any small gaps and cracks. This additionally fortified the surface and prevents potential damage due to climate conditions or other chemicals.
A properly installed, quality sealcoat product will protect the asphalt from fuel, oil, weather and traffic wear. If sealcoating is avoided, cracks can start forming in the asphalt, which then leads to potholes. Ideally, asphalt driveways and parking lots need to be seal coated every 2 to 3 years, and preferably by professional sealing services. If there are visible cracks on the surface, they must be repaired yearly.
Listed below are a few tips and benefits of this procedure.
Types of Seal Coatings
Generally, there are two types of seal coats available in the market- coal tar sealers and asphalt emulsion coatings. While the former is cheaper, it will require more product management upon application. However, if you are worried about fuel and chemical spills on the driveway surface, this type would be apt. The latter is comparatively easier to apply but does not provide a protective layer against chemical spills. As a matter of fact, the more solids that are present in the product, the better the quality is. Make sure that you choose a product that is best suited to your purposes.
Cleaning the Area
You could use a pressure washer to clean the surface of the driveway thoroughly so that it is devoid of any dirt or debris. Sweep the surface first and then pressure wash the area so that all the dirt particles and vegetation in between the cracks can be eliminated before putting on the seal coat.
Layering the Sealcoat
Make sure that you do not use a thick layer of the seal coat on the surface. Work with a smaller amount of product to make a thin layer and apply it in a criss-cross pattern. That means that you would have to apply the first layer in one direction, and upon drying, apply a second layer perpendicular to the first layer.
Additionally, do not use a seal coat to fill up the gaps and cracks on the surface. Instead, you could use some asphalt or even some pothole filling product to fill the gap to make the entire surface even. Use the seal coat on top of the levelled surface.
Using a seal coat can extend the longevity of the driveway while making its surface more uniform and protecting it from chemicals, moisture and other harmful elements. Moreover, it is an economical way to repair the damages that are already present.
Hire a Professional
It is always advisable to employ a team of professional services to assist you in sealcoating your driveway. They are better equipped to handle this situation and are competent to do the job in a short while.
If you are on the lookout for such an enterprise, you can elicit the services of Action Home Services, an experienced landscape construction and general contracting company serving Toronto and surrounding areas.