Sunday, August 4, 2013

Driveway time By Kaile Warren

One of the best values you can obtain with home maintenance is to fill cracks and seal your asphalt driveway. And yes, it is a surprisingly do-it-yourself friendly project.

 While the aesthetic improvements of a freshly sealed driveway are undeniable, the real value comes in the protection of your asphalt driveway. Repaving a driveway can carry the type of expense that can require a home equity line of credit or a dive into retirement monies. Thus, you want to avoid said expense for as long as possible if not for as long as you own that particular home.

 Here are some easy steps to follow to insure your driveway project is a do-it-yourself success!
The first thing you want to do is to trim the sod around the perimeter of your driveway back one or two inches. This will create a small v-shaped channel that will allow for proper water run-off. As I often advise, controlling water, wherever it is in play, is key to a successful process.

The next step is to repair any cracks your driveway may have. To do this you will want to use a 5-in-1 tool. I have found it is great for getting into cracks and cleaning them out. Once the cracks have been prepared, sweep up and remove any debris that was removed from cracks.

Once you have trimmed the perimeter of your drive, and prepared the cracks you will want to pressure wash your driveway. Once you pressure wash your driveway, allow ample time for it to completely dry before applying crack filler and/or sealers.

There are various grades of driveway coatings. Thus expect various price points. I have found that spending a little extra with this purchase is a good thing to do.

When purchasing your driveway coating, you will also want to purchase a brush/broom (maybe 3-knot) to apply coating around the perimeter of your driveway. If you are unsure of your “cutting in” skills you may want to tape any foundation walls, etc. You will also want to purchase an application tool made for applying driveway coatings


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