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Surface Prep for Asphalt Sealing

Posted by Daniel Wood on Fri, Sep 07, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Asphalt driveways are one of the most beautiful driveways on earth. Even so, they need specialized attention to ensure that they last longer. When water seeps into the material used in making the driveway, it settles at the bottom making the entire unit weak. The changes in climatic condition also affect the asphalt, usually beautiful-drivewaysleaving cracks on it. Sometimes sections wear out due to prolonged poor usage. Asphalt sealing is done to reduce the worsening of the destructions and strengthens the driveway. It is recommended that this be done after every six months, depending on the amounts of destructions done on the pathway.

You should take a closer look and take better care of the cracks on the driveway. Garacks can be the smallest of problems but will lead to the largest of problems. A crack can lead to accumulation of water, hence further destruction of the unit. They can also be region for grass growth, or any other weed in the perspective. You should remove all grass from the cracks, and clean the crack before filling them with sand. Larger cracks will need more reinforcement by using the crack filler. You should also uproot all growing weeds on the sides, and apply weedicides if need be.

asphalt-sealingCleaning of the surface is crucial in making sure that the new sealer interacts well with the underlying asphalt. Use brooms and spray cleaners when doing this. For grease and smoke from your vehicle that might have stuck on the surface, take more time to clean it using detergents. This guarantees that there are zero chances for the weed to grow underneath the surface. After all is said and done, the surface is said to be ready for the application of the surface sealer.

Asphalt sealing is done with the sealer. This is the same one used in sealing the cracks, although the difference is in the thickness of the liquid with the crack sealer being thicker. Some sealers require that you pour it downhill while other needs the opposite. Pushing the sealer uphill creates a thicker layer; hence, more of this product will be used. You should do the spreading from side to side, this way you will not have to step on the driveway. Above all, remember that the sealer hardens quickly on sun, so if you need a perfect finish you should begin early before the sun is high. Was this article of any help?