Driveway sealing can add years of life to your driveway and protect against both environmental and chemical damage. Canadian weather can harm the surface of your drive. Over the years, your driveway is exposed to everything from salt, car fluids and weather like rain, ice or heat, causing cracks and depressions.
Asphalt sealing is an affordable way to increase your driveway’s lifespan. A professional driveway sealing company can help you determine the best sealing schedule based on your location and the freeze-thaw cycles of your area.
Getting a smooth and professional looking seal on your driveway depends on the application and ensuring the proper materials are used. When done right, your sealant should last up to 3 years before requiring reapplication, adding curb appeal and value to your home.
Sealing Asphalt Pros and Cons
Driveway sealer provides a protective coating on your drive that protects it from chemicals, UV rays and freezing and thawing. But how do you know whether driveway sealing is right for your home?
It is always beneficial to play your driveway sealing accordingly to prevent interruptions to your daily life. Most homeowners experience very minimal interruption and equickly enjoy the benefits of a freshly sealed driveway.
Driveway Sealing Preparation
It is important to tackle driveway sealing as soon as you begin to notice these common issues with your driveway:
If you notice these issues with your driveway then it is time to begin preparation for sealing.
One of the first and most important things to do to prepare for sealing is to remove any dirt or debris from the surface. This will allow you to get the cleanest and best seal possible for your driveway.
A powerwasher is the best method of removing any built up dirt or debris on your driveway.
Do not apply the sealant until your driveway is completely dry. If it rains or is exposed to any moisture, then wait until it dries up to avoid uneven or poor adherence.
Other tools you may need include a broom, mixing paddle, dashing brush and poly sheet to protect surfaces from damage while the sealant is curing. Before beginning, patch any cracks to guarantee a smooth application of the driveway sealant. It is recommended to use two coats to ensure the best finish. Wait at least eight hours between coats to get the best finish.
Remember you will not have access to your driveway for up to two days, so plan parking accordingly.
Driveway Sealing Mistakes to Avoid
Like any household repair, driveway sealing takes time, care and patience to ensure a job well done. There are a few simple tricks you can follow to avoid having to do the job over again.
Never apply sealer more than recommended by professionals and manufacturers. Too many coats will create flaking and leave your driveway looking messy.
How Long Does Driveway Sealer Need to Dry Before Rain?
It can be difficult to predict the weather. That’s why it is important to check the forecast before you begin sealing your driveway. Sealants need between 4 to 8 hours drying time. Most manufacturers will recommend up to 24 hours to ensure the driveway has cured properly.
To avoid rain damage, take these steps to ensure your driveway sealant is applied at the right time.
Taking the time to make sure your driveway is protected from moisture and rain will increase the lifespan of your sealant.
Check the Weather Before you Start
Before you begin, make sure to check the forecast. Driveway sealant should only be applied in dry conditions. Rain, high heat and sun can prevent the sealant from curing properly. Remember once the sealant has been applied, you will need a minimum of 4 to 8 hours before it will be able to repel rain.
Sealing your driveway usually takes between 24 and 48 hours, so if you see rain or bad weather in the forecast , then reschedule your sealant application. Remember, even water runoff from lawns or eavestroughs can damage your driveway sealant.
How Much Does Driveway Sealing Cost?
Factors Involved in Driveway Sealing Costs:
Sealing your driveway is the most cost effective way to increase your driveways lifespan. The cost of sealing your driveway will depend on several factors including size, time of year and level of damage.
The average cost of sealing the average sized driveway is $300, with larger driveway running approximately $1,200.
Other factors that may impact the cost of your driveway sealing include:
Equipment Needed For Driveway Sealing
Sealing a driveway requires a few standard pieces of equipment to ensure the job is done accurately and to the highest level of protection.
The most common equipment needed include:
You will also need tools for applying the sealant
All these materials can be found at most hardware stores.
Step-by-Step Driveway Sealing
Now that you are ready to begin sealing your driveway, there are a few key steps to ensuring the best adherence and curing.
VIP Paving offers professional residential and commercial asphalt sealing including retail properties, apartments and condos, parking lots and manufacturing yards and other large asphalt surfaces.
Sealing your driveway helps ensure you get a long lifespan out of your asphalt or concrete. It is the most cost effective way to protect your driveway without having to install a brand new one. Sealing your driveway protects it from weather, chemicals and vehicle damage.
The best time to seal your driveway is when the weather is not too hot and there is little chance of rain. Late spring to early fall is the most ideal time of year to seal your driveway. We recommend always checking the forecast before beginning a driveway sealing project.
Asphalt requires 90 days or 3 months to cure before it is safe to put sealant on it. This allows the driveway to settle properly. Heat, rain and vehicles can cause a driveway to shift while it hardens, so it’s always best to wait until the driveway is completely cured before adding a sealant.
Most driveways take 24 to 48 hours to cure. You can begin walking on it within one day, but it is recommended to wait 48 hours before parking vehicles on the driveway again. This will prevent the sealant from cracking or causing depressions.
Sealing your driveway increases its lifespan by years. But this is only achieved with regular reapplication. It is recommended to reseal your driveway every 3 years to prevent cracks and damage from weather, chemicals and vehicles.
Call a Professional Driveway Sealer Today!
If you are ready to protect your driveway, contact VIP Paving. Our team of professional and friendly driveway sealant experts can help extend the life of your driveway. We have the knowledge and tools to ensure your driveway sealing is done right. We serve Toronto and the GTA, with more than 20 years of paving experience including asphalt paving, concrete paving, commercial paving, brick and interlocking paving and landscape services.