Understanding Paving Problems

When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.

5 Things To Do Before Having Your Asphalt Driveway Sealed


An asphalt driveway is a great investment and can add value to your home. But over time it may begin to suffer if it is not sealed properly. If your asphalt driveway is a few years old and has never been sealed, it is not too late to restore it to how it looked when it was originally laid and to then put a sealant on top to protect it for many years to come. Your best bet is to contact an asphalt sealing service to do the actual sealing, but you can save some money by getting the driveway ready for sealing yourself.

Thoroughly Examine the Driveway for Any Problem Spots

In order for asphalt sealant to be as effective as possible, it is important for it to be applied to a driveway that is in decent condition. So take your time to carefully examine every foot of your driveway to find any cracks, depression marks, or crumbling areas. Once you know what areas need attention, you can buy the proper materials.

Clean Up Stains

Asphalt sealant will not set well if the driveway has grease or oil stains. Before you hire an asphalt sealing service, thoroughly clean any stains on your driveway with soapy hot water and a scrub brush. If you still notice stains after you have rinsed the area and let it dry, you may want to try using a de-greaser product designed for driveways to get it clean.

Take Care of Cracks

It is in your best interest to make sure that all cracks in your driveway are repaired before paying to have your asphalt driveway sealed. Prior to repairing cracks, use a vacuum or broom to remove all dirt, debris, stones, or anything else stuck in the cracks. It is also very important to remove any grass or weeds before filling the cracks in. Products for filling asphalt cracks can typically be found at home improvement stores.

Fill In Potholes 

If your driveway has potholes or depression marks, you can buy blacktop patch to fill them in. You will want to make sure that the area is clean and free of debris before pouring the blacktop patch. After the material is poured, you can use a hand tamper to help it set and become level with the surrounding driveway.

Pressure Wash

Using a pressure washer before having your asphalt driveway sealed will ensure that the area is as clean as possible, which will help the sealant set and dry properly. Plan on pressure washing the driveway several days before you have scheduled your asphalt sealing service—it is important for your driveway to be totally dry before the sealant is applied. 


12 February 2016