Do you notice cracks and unsightly oil spots on your driveway and you want them gone? Do you have a new house and want to keep your driveway looking brand new? Do you live in an area with extreme weather and you want to protect your driveway during the harsh winter months? An inexpensive solution to deal with these problems is to have your driveway sealed.
There are two options when considering sealing your driveway. You can hire a seal coating specialist or do it yourself. Driveway sealing professionals allow you to stay clean and can save you time. Sealing a driveway yourself is cheaper, but you need the proper materials, tools and time to do the task.
Do The Math
The first thing you need to do is calculate a rough estimate of your driveway’s square footage. You can do this by measuring the length and width of your driveway. Take those two numbers and multiply them to get the square footage. For example, if your driveway is 15 feet wide by 50 feet long, you’d have a 750 square foot driveway.
What's My Type?
Next, you need to determine if your driveway is right for seal coating. A few rules to go by:
Do I have the right driveway?
- Asphalt or Concrete can be seal coated, just make sure you inform the professional or when purchasing the sealant, ensure it’s for the proper type of driveway.
- Is my asphalt driveway less than 6 months old? If so, you shouldn’t seal coat. It takes approximately 6 months for the asphalt to cure properly.
- You can’t seal coat a dirt or gravel driveway; it just won’t work!