If you have ever sold a home before then you will know that curb appeal counts for a great deal. Most people will judge your home by the outer appearance, and this applies whether or not you are looking to sell your home.
The driveway is particularly important if it is paved or otherwise laid in a decorative manner, because such drives are prone to weeds and thus the effects of erosion as they grow too. This is why driveway sealcoating is particularly important and should be a priority for everyone; asphalt driveways should be sealcoated every three years for concrete driveways, it will depend on the type of sealant, whether of the breathable or non-breathable type.
DIY or Professional?
If your driveway is cracked or weatherbeaten, then using sealcoating is the only way to prevent further deterioration from the elements. However, you need to decide whether to do it yourself or get a professional in to help you.
The task itself is relatively simple and so is easy enough for even the most anti-DIY person to carry out, but it can take up to three days to achieve if you do it all at once. As such, many people find that they do not have time to do it. On the other hand you could save a lot of money by undertaking driveway sealcoating yourself.
Your driveway will usually be surfaced with either asphalt or concrete, or maybe tar-and-chip. Asphalt seal coatings are available both in coal-tar based and asphalt based form. There are many types of concrete sealers on the market but the best type to use with a driveway are silane and siloxane based.
Doing It Yourself
Read the sealant manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly and follow them to the letter. The following is an overview of the process, but the exact method will vary depending on the make and manufacturer.
Before you undertake to sealcoat a driveway, you should make sure that the weather is ok for it, with no rain and warm temperatures. You also need to fully prepare your driveway, since inadequate preparation can actually mean that you might need to do it all again.
The first thing to do is remove all weeds from the drive itself. You need to get all of the roots out too, which may be a little more difficult than you anticipate. Using a strong weed killer a week before, and then pulling all of the weeds up should do it. You also need to sweep the drive and make sure that all dust, stones and other foreign objects are removed.
Finally, you need to fill in any cracks. A premixed filler compound should be available for whatever driveway surface you have; make sure that the surface is even and blended well.
Now you are ready for the sealcoating. Use masking tape to go around the edges of your driveway to make sure that you only coat your property. Always choose a high quality sealant to make sure that you do as good a job as possible and buy enough to cover a little more than the surface of your driveway. After all, you do not want to run out in the middle of driveway sealcoating.
Next, decide whether you want to use a spray application or a brush. The former is easier and more efficient but the latter is more popular with DIY enthusiasts because you can control the thickness of the application. Either way, start at the outer edge of your driveway and move towards your home.
Apply a thick coat of driveway sealcoating evenly all over the driveway as best you can. If you struggle to finish before sundown, use a garden hose and spray a little light mist on the entire drive before leaving it to set overnight. Go back 24 hours later and use your brush or spray to fill in any spots that you have missed.
If you feel that the coat you applied was too thin on the previous day then you might want to apply another thin layer to finish. Again, leave the driveway for 24 hours before walking on it and a further 24 hours before you drive onto it again. Driveway sealcoating really is as easy as that. The waiting times may put some people off but the money you can save this way should counteract this.