Investing in a new asphalt driveway is worth considering as it can really pay off in so many ways. It will protect your driveway and ensure there are no bumps or cracks. Besides, you can safely park your car and improve the overall curb appeal. However, a driveway cannot maintain itself, and that is why you should know the essentials of keeping the asphalt in its top-notch condition. This means you will have to apply quality sealer, but there are some things that need to be done first.
Scan the Flaws
Chances are that your driveway already has some flaws. Take your time and carefully inspect every inch of the driveway and note any stains, potholes, cracks or crumbling areas. Also, pay close attention to the edges of the driveway which probably has suffered a great deal of damage. Be thorough and write down everything that needs to be fixed before you even think about applying the sealer.
Remove the Stains
Stains are bound to occur on your driveway. Whether they are caused by animals, dripping oil or any other spillages, you need to remove them. Pretty much all the stains can be removed with hot water and soap. Use this mixture to scrub the driveway with a stiff-bristle brush. If this fails, you can always rely on some oil removers to dissolve any pesky stains.
Fix it up a bit
Almost every driveway has a few cracks which need to be repaired. Even the smallest cracks will continue to spread and deepen if you decide to ignore them and cover them with seal and paint before fixing them. Thus, to prevent any more damage, you should rely on the products, such as pourable-liquid squeeze bottles, performed rolls and caulking tubes, to fill in the cracks.
Another important issue that needs to be dealt with are potholes. In order to fix them, you can use blacktop patches to help you handle run-down areas and deep depressions. However, before fixing any of these problems, you have to make sure that the crack or a pothole is clean. Brush or vacuum the area and remove any dirt, grass or stones.
Prep for Paint or Sealer
The last thing on the list is making sure the driveway is cleaned thoroughly. Sweep the concrete with a push broom then hose down the entire area. If it’s possible, you can pressure wash the surface to make sure no dirt or sand is left. Start from the highest end of the driveway and work your way down towards the edges so all the dirt, grit and debris are removed. After this, you can get some buckets of sealer or special floor paint out of the garage.
Seal or Paint the Driveway
After preparation is finished, you can finally paint or seal your driveway. However, there is one more thing to consider. Do check if the weather is good and driveway completely dry prior to applying any sealers or paint. If you wish to make it more decorative, you can choose a particular floor paint to give a distinctive look and protection to your curb appeal.
On the other hand, you can rely on sealers as well to keep your driveway intact. There are various types of sealers available, from tar-emulsion ones to asphalt-emulsion and advanced latex-acrylic sealers. Each of them has their advantages, but their durability slightly varies. No matter which one you choose, just make sure that you apply it properly and it will ensure that your driveway looks good, and polished.
Concrete is one of the sturdiest materials, but it will need your help in order to stay intact. If it has been a while since you’ve upgraded your driveway, now is the time for that. Follow these simple steps, make sure your driveway is properly fixed and cleaned and you can easily repaint or seal it.