While the sweltering summer days might make activities from jogging to lawn mowing to even poolside lounging unbearable, the roasting temperatures are ideal for tackling driveway maintenance and repair.
Blacktop is naturally porous and if water seeps into the paving, it can breakdown, forming ridges and cracks. Blacktop also is softened by gas, oil, salt and antifreeze and sealers protect it by blocking those harmful elements. So, well before winter arrives, consider sealing your asphalt driveway. Here are a few tips to get started.
In general, seal a driveway every two-to-three years, but not sooner than 45 days after it’s been paved. Make sure the temperature outside is at least 50 degrees for 24 hours and that the weather forecast doesn’t call for rain.
One other note, do-it-yourself driveway sealing products are heavily diluted, helping keep home owners safe from chemical flash burns. While safer for amateur driveway sealers, it means the products will not last as long as those used by professionals.
Remember, even though the temperatures are sizzling, always wear protective clothing, gloves, footwear and eyewear when sealing a driveway.