A paved asphalt driveway is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your home's curb appeal. However, if the job is not properly done, you could end up with an undesired appearance. To help you avoid this, here are just a few mistakes that could occur with the asphalt paving and sealing and how you can avoid them:
Opting for a Lesser Quality Product
Not all asphalt is created equal. There are different levels of quality and price. If you shop for asphalt based solely on the price, you might be surprised to find that the driveway does not last as long as you expected.
Therefore, it is important to buy the materials for your driveway based on quality. It is okay to set a budget for the project, but allow for spending a little extra to get a higher grade of asphalt. If you are unsure about the quality of the asphalt, talk to a contractor or ask questions of the asphalt manufacturer.
Failing to Prep the Driveway
Once the asphalt driveway is in, you have to allow curing time. After the time has passed, you can move to apply a sealant to the surface. During the waiting period, you need to prepare the driveway for the sealcoating. If not, the driveway could be left with stains and the seal not as effective as it would have been.
One way to prepare the driveway is to make sure it is clean. Remove any stains that are on the surface and trim the grass around it. You do not want grass clippings trapped under the sealant.
Choosing the Wrong Time for the Sealcoating
The sealant needs to be applied at certain times to ensure it has time to set. If not, the sealant will not last. Ideally, the sealant should be applied on a cloudy day. You have to be careful though. If there is rain in the forecast, the job could be ruined before it has the appropriate amount of time.
Even though applying the sealant on a hot day might seem like a good idea, it can backfire. The sealant could turn more runny, which could make it challenging to spread over the entire surface. Worse yet, some of it could spill off the driveway and onto the grass or dirt next to the driveway.
The easiest way to avoid mistakes with your asphalt driveway is to hire a professional to complete the job for you. Contact local asphalt services for more information and assistance.