If your home has a driveway, the odds are good that it is paved with asphalt. Overall, asphalt is a durable material, but it’s still a good idea to re-seal your driveway periodically; most experts recommend doing this every two years. If you’ve never gone through the process of re-sealing a driveway, however, you might not know where to start. As you read this guide, you’ll learn the basics and ensure that your job goes smoothly when the time comes.
Understand why your driveway needs to be re-sealed
Many homeowners, especially those who haven’t owned their houses for very long, don’t understand why they need to re-seal their driveways on a regular basis. There are a few reasons for this. First, driveways endure a lot of weight; in addition to automobiles driving on them multiple times per day, vehicles sit on them for hours (or even days) at a time. This can lead to cracking and other issues. Additionally, driveways typically have no cover from the elements. This means rain, snow, sleet, and other precipitation wear on them constantly, leading to natural erosion.
Know who to hire for the job
Although many ambitious homeowners try to tackle their driveway re-sealing projects on their own, it is always best to leave tasks like this to professionals. This can be a tedious chore, and you may discover that you simply don’t have time to complete it; leaving your driveway only partially sealed is not a wise idea. Furthermore, as a layperson, you might run into problems you don’t know how to combat. By letting an expert team re-seal your driveway for you, you can rest assured that any issues will be dealt with correctly.
Decide when to have your re-sealing project done
In most regions of the United States, late spring, summer, and early fall are the best times of year to do driveway re-sealing. This is because the sealant needs to be able to dry in temperatures over 60 degrees Fahrenheit for a minimum of 24 hours. In our service area, throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, some clients, such as those who live in coastal Charleston, SC, can even re-seal during the winter months. Just make sure you take the climate in your area into consideration when you schedule your job.
Have an idea of what you’ll be paying
Although you won’t have an exact price for your driveway re-sealing project until you get a professional quote, you can get a general idea right now. Most contractors charge somewhere between 10 cents and 25 cents per square foot to apply sealant. This price may differ slightly based on where you live and whether or not you want your job done during peak season.
If you are ready to have your driveway re-sealed, give your local company a call today.