Make Sure To Be Patient When Seal Coating Your Driveway

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Make Sure To Be Patient When Seal Coating Your Driveway

16 December 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you have an asphalt driveway, you should make sure that you get it seal coated on a regular basis. A seal coating protects the asphalt and makes sure that your asphalt driveway lasts a long time and stays in good shape. 

Seal Coating Application Method

Generally, seal coating can be applied by a large roller or brush. The person applying it to your driveway may dip their application tool into a bucket and then apply it to your driveway or they may pour the seal coating onto your driveway and then spread it out that way. If they choose to do it that way, the person should not dump the entire bucket of the seal coating on your driveway all at once. That creates a risk that it will start to dry or spots will get missed. If they are going to do it that way, they should only work in sections. Dump some seal coating, spread it in an even layer, and then move on to the next section. 

Seal Coating Drying Time

Once the seal coating has been applied, you need to make sure that it is fully dry before you start parking your cars on it. If it isn't dried and properly cured to the driveway, you run the risk of having spots that aren't protected from oils, gas, water, salt, or anything else. Your car tires can destroy the seal coating. So, it's important to make sure that you are patient and take the time to let it dry and set correctly, or you wasted time and money.

If you have seal coating applied, you are looking at around two days to wait for it to get completely dry. You may have an extra wait if any part of your driveway is in the shade for part or all of the day. Even if you have waited at least two days, you will want to make sure that it doesn't look wet before you pull your car onto your driveway. A good rule of thumb is that if it appears that it is wet, then it probably is and you just need to wait a little longer.

Seal coating protects your driveway from all sorts of things. For example, it protects your driveway from things like gas and oil that may drip from your car. Since asphalt is a petroleum product, it is vulnerable to other petroleum products, so seal coating keeps that from happening.  

For more information, contact local professionals like ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co.