Tips for Better Sealcoating in Middlesex County, MA

March 31, 2017 10:39 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you have invested in an asphalt driveway, then it’s important that you do everything you can to protect that investment. One of the best ways of ensuring the quality of your driveway lasts for years to come is to apply a sealcoat.

Here are some tips for better sealcoating in Middlesex County, MA.

Steps to take before sealing the driveway

Before you actually begin sealing your asphalt, you should make sure the asphalt itself is in good condition. Perform a quick visual inspection and find any potential trouble spots, such as cracks, stains, potholes or other damaged areas. The end and edges of the driveway are most susceptible to damage, so pay special attention to those areas.

If you find stains, you can scrub them away with hot soapy water and a stiff-bristle brush. If that does not work, you can use a degreaser, available at just about any hardware store.

If you do have cracks or small holes, you will want to repair them before applying your sealcoat. You should repair every crack you see, even the smaller ones, or else they will only continue to grow larger. There are different methods and products you can use to fill in cracks, so the steps you take in that regard are up to you, but it’s important that you get this done.

Potholes will require a bit more work. Larger potholes and depressions will need to be repaired with a blacktop patching product, which is basically ready-to-use bagged asphalt. Clean the area to be patched first, getting out all of the loose asphalt you can, then use a shovel to spread the patch across the hole about two inches deep. Use a hand tamper to pack the patch down, and if needed, add more to ensure you get the correct depth. You can also drive your car back and forth over the patch to make sure it fills flush with the rest of the driveway. Any patch should cure for at least 24 hours before sealing.

Sealcoating your driveway

Once you have performed all this prep work, it’s time to seal. You should make sure you seal only when you know you are going to have at least a couple days of dry, sunny weather, as it takes some time for the sealer to properly dry and set.

There are many different types of sealing products available, each of which has its own pros and cons. Any sealer you choose, though, will have specific instructions for how you apply it, so you should make sure to use the exact methods and tools as recommended by the manufacturer. Most of the time you will use a tool featuring a long handle and flexible rubber squeegee on one and a stiff bristle brush on the other to apply the sealer. The squeegee helps you spread it, while the brush helps you even it out.

You should let the first coat of sealer dry for at least six to 12 hours before applying a second coat. Once the job is complete, you should block off your driveway from use for at least 24 hours.

For more information about how to perform better sealcoating in Middlesex County, MA, contact us today at Cooper Bros. Asphalt Paving Inc.

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