If you are going to seal your driveway on your own, it's a lot of work and you want it done right and you want it to last a long time. This article will tell you my favorite driveway sealer for an asphalt or blacktop driveway and why.
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My Favorite Driveway Sealer For An Asphalt Or Blacktop Driveway
Plan a whole weekend for this job. This whole entire project takes a lot of time. Plan far enough ahead so that you have all of your materials in-hand before you begin. Plan to spray the weeds Friday night, do all the prep-work on Saturday and get started with the blacktopping. If you have a large driveway, you may be able to finish it Sunday afternoon or evening. I think early Fall is the best time to seal a driveway as it is not too hot and not too cold.
Measure your driveway by length and width and multiply those numbers so that you can calculated how many square feet you have. One 4.75 gallon bucket of driveway sealer covers 250 square feet if you are a professional. If you are not and may put it on a bit thick, you need to calculate an extra bucket or two into the equation. It's okay to have too much as it can sit for a very long time or you could return or re-sell it, but it is a time-waster to not have enough on hand before beginning this project and you don't want to end up with two different types of sealer on your driveway if you run out of the one and can't find it locally. It will not look good and you will regret it for years to come. Just pay the extra money up front and save yourself the time and grief. Consider it “grief insurance”.
Read ahead to see all the tools and products you will need for this job. You may need to rent or borrow a larger item like a pressure washer. You may need to order some products that are not sold locally to be shipped to you. The driveway sealant is especially worth it if this is not sold locally as it lasts for seven years. Most sealants only last four years and you do not want to do this again so soon! It is a lot of work!
Remove The Weeds
There may be some little weeds growing in the cracks of your driveway. If there are, you need to remove them before you seal your driveway. You need to be sure to spray weed killer and remove any weeds that are growing there.
Clean Out The Cracks
Next, you need to clean out the cracks. It is easiest to do this by sucking the debris out with a powerful shop vac.
Fill The Cracks With Fillers Depending On How Large The Crack Is
Long, Thin Cracks Up To 3/4″ Wide
Medium Sized Cracks
Pot Holes Or Large Cracks
For larger asphalt or blacktop holes or cracks, use pot-hole filler. You may have to use your gloves to push this down into the hole and smooth it just right.
Power Wash The Driveway
After all the holes have been filled and dried properly, it's time to power-wash your driveway. Many power-washers come with a tube that you can add a cleaning solution to your water to clean something with. If yours doesn't have this, see if you can rent or borrow one. You want to do this job right and only once for seven years until you have to do it again. I like this driveway cleaner solution.
Asphalt Driveway Sealer
In my opinion, the Black Jack Matte Asphalt driveway sealer works the best and is easy to apply. It has little sand particles in it to help fill any cracks or holes you may have missed and covers about 250 square feet per 4.75 gallon container. You just pour some on your driveway and spread it out with a driveway squeegee. Start at one end and go from left to right about 2 to 3 feet deep with each line across.
The thing I love most about this sealer is the 7 year warranty! This is a huge job! Most only come with a 4 year warranty. I am not ready to do it again that soon. It is nice to have a watering can full of water, some dish soap and drying cloths nearby because it washes off okay when it is wet, but when it dries, it's a nightmare! So you want to have that water ready at all times, just in case!
Hopefully, you now have enough information to make a plan, gather your supplies and get sealing when the big weekend comes. If you have help, be sure to feed them and keep them hydrated, as well as have enough gloves, squeegees, etc. for all!
- driveway sealer
- spray weed killer
- shop vac
- asphalt crack filler
- rubber gloves
- caulk-style concrete filler
- caulking gun
- pot-hole filler
- driveway cleaner solution
- driveway squeegee
- watering can
- dish soap
- drying cloths
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