A Step-By-Step Guide To Driveway Sealcoating

A Step-By-Step Guide To Driveway Sealcoating

While some believe that an asphalt driveway requires no maintenance, the reality is quite different. Although a well-structured, high-quality pavement can last for several years, the surface will inevitably show some signs of wear over time without proper maintenance.

That’s why the experts at Asphalt Specialties, LLC suggest sealcoating your driveway after getting done with the pavement installation process. Our professional team offers exceptional sealcoating services for clients residing in Twin Falls, ID, at budget-friendly rates. We make sure to use the correct seal and apply modern techniques to lay an even sealant, ensuring the protection of your driveway and its durability. Avail our service today!

Applying a sealer on an asphalt driveway prevents moisture from penetrating and also prevents large cracks from forming, and acts as a general form of preventative maintenance. When done right, proper sealcoating can penetrate pre-existing cracks to seal them before they expand and require costly repairs. Moreover, sealcoating can improve the overall appearance of the asphalt and give it a fresh shiny look.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to sealcoating your driveway in order to achieve optimal results.

1. Inspect the Surface

Start by taking a good look at the driveway surface first. The surface can be marred by anything from oil stains to cracks and holes. We recommend that you remove/repair them before applying any sealant; otherwise, this can make the sealant less effective.

2. Address the Stains/Dirt/Debris

Sweep away large, dry debris using a broom or hose. Persistent stains from oil and other strong substances require a little more elbow grease. You can use warm water, soap, and a scrub brush to clean your driveway. Apply a degreaser to efficiently remove oil stains that aren’t washing away with soap and water.

3. Repair the Cracks

The next obstacle is the cracks. It is necessary to fill the cracks before sealing and allowing sufficient time for the filler to dry. More minor cracks can usually be repaired with a liquid sealant. However, larger cracks will need a driveway crack sealer and may require more than one application.

For deep cracks, you may need to repave the damaged area before applying the sealcoating.

4. Fill the Holes

Pits are much larger and more severe than any crack, and no amount of asphalt putty will be enough to repair a hole.

Instead, you will need to use the cold patch or quick patch product for the asphalt repair. This product is basically ready-to-use asphalt and needs to be shoveled and compacted into the hole. As much as cold patching makes the process easier, you may still need to do it more than once to appropriately fill the hole, keeping in mind the settling can cause the surface to shift over time.

5. Pick the Right Time to Apply the Sealant 

You will need two to three days of good sunny weather before applying and during the sealcoating process. Remember, it takes some time for the seal to dry correctly, and any amount of rain will erode the sealant and eventually wash it off.

6. Choose the Perfect Sealant

Four types of sealant are available: tar emulsion, asphalt emulsion, latex-acrylic, and rubber sealant with titanium fortification.

  • Tar Emulsion

Tar emulsion is inexpensive but difficult to apply and requires constant agitation to prevent solidification when not used.

  • Asphalt Emulsion

This option is a little more expensive, but it is the most popular option for homeowners. Asphalt emulsion lasts longer than tar and offers better protection.

  • Acrylic Latex

Latex-acrylic offers even better protection and dries faster but is also expensive. It usually costs more than double that of an asphalt-emulsion sealer.

  • Rubber with Titanium

The absolute best option for sealcoating asphalt is a liquid rubber sealant with titanium fortification. This type of sealant costs about $500 for 5 gallons, compared to $65 for 2 gallons of latex-acrylic.

7. Apply the Sealant 

Regardless of the sealant chosen, they are generally all applied similarly. You will need a specialized tool with a long handle and a squeegee on one end and a brush on the other. Pour about a foot-long strip of sealant onto the surface; use the squeegee to spread it and the brush to make it even. Start at one end and work your way up to the other. Some types of sealant can be applied with a paint roller.

Let it dry for about 12 hours, and then apply a second layer. Keep people, pets, and vehicles away from the recently sealcoated asphalt driveway for at least a day so that any additional layers can dry adequately.

Are you looking for a professional paving contractor to sealcoat your driveway? Asphalt Specialties, LLC is at your service! We offer premium sealcoating services to all residing in Twin Falls, ID, at reasonable rates. Connect with us today!