How to Seal Cracks in Your Driveway

August 7, 2017 6:51 pm Published by Leave your thoughtsIf you’ve opted to install an asphalt driveway instead of a concrete one, you’ve made the right decision! Asphalt is less expensive, easier to maintain and can last longer if you take care of it. Taking care of your driveway includes keeping it free from a lot of debris, repairing cracks whenever you see them and applying sealcoating every so often.An asphalt contractor will repair cracks and reseal your driveway quickly and easily, but the company may also charge you an arm and a leg for their services. Thankfully, you can avoid using an expensive service if you take some time out of your weekend to do those things yourself. Follow these steps to fix cracks and reseal your driveway:
  • Clean your driveway: Before you start to seal driveway cracks, you’ll need to make sure your driveway is free of any debris. Start by using a leaf blower or broom to get leaves, acorns and dust off the driveway. Next, use a degreaser to clean or disguise any oil stains on the surface. Pull up any weeds growing through the cracks or around the edges of the driveway. Finally, use a pressure washer and bleach to clean the surface of any moss or other stains.
  • Patch cracks and holes: After you’ve cleaned your driveway, head to a home supply store in Fleischmanns, NY to purchase all of the tools and supplies you’ll need for the rest of your project. Buy a bottle of crack filler for cracks less than one half of an inch deep. Be sure to scrape off any filler that flows over the top of the crack. For deeper cracks or holes, purchase driveway patch and a tamper to fix the issue. We carry everything you need to complete both tasks!
  • Seal the edges by hand: Once everything is patched, purchase sealant and a paintbrush to seal the edges by hand. Start from the top of the driveway and work your way down to the street. While it takes longer, the edges will look much better if they’re sealed with a paintbrush instead of a squeegee.
  • Pour and pull the sealant: After you’ve done the edges of the driveway, get your bucket of sealant and pour it along the width of your driveway. Next, take a squeegee and pull the sealant along the driveway at a 45-degree angle. Make sure you’re applying an even amount of pressure during the process in order to ensure an even finish. Allow the driveway to cure for 24 hours before stepping or driving on it. If you have an older driveway, or if it doesn’t look as good as you’d like it to, you can perform this process again with an extra layer of sealant.
It only takes a trip to a home supply store in Fleischmanns, NY and a little elbow grease to ensure your asphalt driveway looks as good as new. Visit Wadler Bros. Inc. to purchase all of the necessary materials, and to ask any lingering questions you may have about the process.

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