Exterior Driveways & Walkways

How To: Seal a Driveway

Protect your driveway with a sealer this weekend and enhance the curb appeal of your home in the bargain.

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Sealing your driveway may seem like a bothersome chore, but its benefits are significant. First, a regular coat of sealer can extend the life of your driveway by protecting it from damage caused by sun, oil and gas spills, wind, rain and snow. Second, it is a great way to enhance the overall curb appeal of your home and landscape.

If you haven’t sealed your drive in the past two years, you can do the job easily enough in a weekend (provided you choose a weekend with no rain in the forecast). Here’s how:

– Asphalt sealer
– Squeegee
– Rubber gloves
– Putty knife

How to Seal a Driveway

  1. If there are gas and oil spills, clean them with a mild detergent (not doing so will only result in the stains “bleeding” through the sealer).
  2. Remove any grass that might be growing in cracks and use an edge trimmer to reduce grass along driveway edges.
  3. Repair cracks and fissures with a crack sealer or patch compound.
  4. Use a broom to sweep the driveway clean of dirt and hose it down with water. Let dry for 24 hours.
  5. Open the container of asphalt sealer and stir well. Be sure to read and follow manufacturer’s directions and precautions. Pour enough sealer onto the driveway to cover an area of about 4 x 4 feet. (Working the sealer in smaller sections will give you the time necessary to apply an even, overall coat.)
  6. You can use a squeegee or a broom to apply the sealer, whichever you find easier to use. Push the sealer back and forth until you have a good, even coat.
  7. Be sure to feather the edges to avoid ridges or evidence of a patchwork application process.

Soap and warm water should be all that’s required to clean tools—and yourself—when the job is complete. Be certain to refrain from walking on or using the driveway for at least 24 hours. Block the entrance to the drive with the turned-over sealer containers.