8 Driveway Maintenance Questions

by Angelo Guidotti | September 21, 2016

There’s a good chance that your asphalt or blacktop driveway will develop cracks and the finish will dull over time. Sun, rain, snow, extreme temperatures and general use will take their toll. What’s the harm? The driveway is among the first things that a buyer sees when assessing your home and its value. Is your driveway delivering on a great first impression or setting a buyer up to look for other perceived flaws?

Not selling? Cracked areas are more susceptible to continued deterioration. Repairing cracks and sealing your driveway prevents further damage while improving curb appeal. The good news is that repairing and sealing your driveway aren’t overly complicated and now’s the time to do it. Here’s a question and answer session and some quick tips to consider when starting a driveway sealing project.

How new is your surface? An asphalt surface must cure for at least 6 months including one full summer before resealing.  

What is Mother Nature up to?
Outdoor temperatures should be at least 65° F and rising (but below 90° F) with no rain or cold temperatures expected within 36 hours of completion.

What is the state of your driveway?
Make sure the driveway has cleaned well, pressure washing and removing any greasy stains using a degreaser.

What is the state of your driveway part two?
 Repair cracks and potholes with a Black Jack or Gardner crack filler or patching product. Repaired potholes should be compacted and repairs should be allowed to cure prior to coating.

What other helpful tips can assist in achieving perfect results?
Turn sealed buckets upside down a day before application to make mixing easier. 

How many coats should I apply?
Two thinner coats deliver a more consistent cure, better finished appearance and reduced tracking.

What now?
After the driveway is clean and repairs have cured, we start with a damp surface. Use sealer to cover the driveway in one direction. Once the first coat is dry, typically 4 – 12 hours depending on sun exposure and such, apply the second coat in the opposite direction.

Anything else?
When using multiple buckets, remember to look for the same batch code and then blend buckets for finish consistency..

The RESOURCES page on gardner-gibson.com leads to more great tools, like the Technical Data Sheet (TDS) which provides product specific preparation, application and storage information. And you’ll find tips and videos too. The best advice? Always review product instructions and wear proper safety gear for a safe and successful project. All the best with your coating application! CONTACT US with questions. We’re here to help.