A new home with a cracked or broken paved driveway will lose most of its curb appeal and look old instead. If you don’t take good care of this driveway, it may show aging signs, look patchy, uninviting and blotchy. Whether you are installing asphalt driveways for the first time or not, proper maintenance is not negotiable. Patchy and blotchy driveways need to be resealed before their condition deteriorates. Here are 4 easy steps to guide you when resealing your cracked driveway:
1. Keep Grass Clippings Off the Driveway
It is always important to sweep away the grass clippings that fall on the driveway after mowing your lawn. Most grass clippings contain seeds that get into the tiny driveway cracks and sprout after a few days. The grass will make the cracks larger or cause an eyesore. If you find weeds germinating in the holes or cracks of your driveway, you should apply effective herbicides immediately to kill them. In case you find objects and oil leaks paddling into the driveway, you should immediately clean them using water and soap. If the driveways form more cracks, hire professional contractors who offer commercial asphalt services.
2. Clean the Driveway Before Resealing it
Professional asphalt contractors insist that homeowners and business people should not re-seal their driveways when it is icy. Move your cars in a different parking lot and trim the grass at your driveway’s edges before applying the resealing material. Use degreasers to clean any oil or grease in the holes and cracks and allow the driveway to dry before you proceed with the resealing process. Oil, grease and ice can prevent the sealing material from filling the holes and cracks the way it should.
3. Get Quality Material to Reseal the Driveway
Get quality crack fillers from some of the reputable manufacturers or suppliers. Each bottle of the filler material has specific and well-elaborated instructions on how to apply the sealer. Although different resealing materials work differently in various asphalt driveways, a general rule says that you leave the patch for 24 hours to dry. If you are suspicious about the quality of the sealer available in the nearby shops, it is advisable to consult professionals who deal with resealing of asphalt Melbourne contractors have to offer.
4. Apply the Sealer Now
Most driveway sealers often come in five-gallon buckets and in thin coats. Apply the thin sealer using a squeegee. According to professional contractors, you should apply the sealer in two thin layers instead of one layer that looks thick. Stir the sealer in the bucket constantly throughout the sealing process. Once you have applied the sealer, don’t use the asphalt driveways until 48 hours are over for better results.
In case the above steps do not yield desirable results, you should contact professional driveway contractors for help. It is possible for homeowners to make mistakes in the resealing process if they don’t read keenly all the given instructions. Homeowners with inadequate skills and knowledge in resealing driveways should not take it as a do-it-yourself task. Hiring competent contractors to maintain your driveway will save you money and extend its shelf life.