Many homeowners have re-paved dated driveways, walkways, and patios with decorative pavers. Although pavers can be equally stylish and durable, pavers require proper sealing and periodic maintenance.
Here are some steps to take when sealing and maintaining asphalt or pavers:
A thin coat of sealant can protect asphalt and pavers from moisture permeation and UV damage. When installing fresh asphalt or pavers, adding appropriate sealant is a must.
- Setting: for optimal results, sealant must be applied carefully. Start by making sure that your pavers and asphalt surfaces have been given time to set. Depending on the type of paving material, the temperature, and climate, this can range from a few hours to several days. If you have questions, contacting local residential asphalt paving contractors can ensure that you get the best advice and the expertise to get the job done correctly.
- Sealing: applying the sealant requires patience. Once the asphalt or pavers have set, you will want to clean the surface with water. Because the surface is fresh, you won't need a pressure washer. Once the surface has been rinsed, you can dry it with a leaf blower. After the surface has been rinsed and dried, you can apply sealant. For the best results, you will need to apply several coats of sealant. This means that each coat of sealant should be thin. You will also need to allow the sealant to dry before applying a new coat. Do not apply sealant on a rainy, cold, and/or windy day.
Some of the most cost-effective home improvement projects can be restoring or improving your existing paved surfaces. When it comes to re-sealing a driveway, patio, or walkway, you will need to take a few existing steps to get the job done correctly.
- Fixing: older asphalt or pavers can be re-sealed to make your existing paved surfaces last longer. When re-sealing a paved surface, it's important to patch any large cracks or damage to the surface. Depending on the extent of the damage, it can be wise to hire a residential asphalt paving contractor to complete the repairs.
- Re-Sealing: Once the surface is repaired, use a pressure washer to remove any dirt, grime, or build-up. To help release the gunk on your paved surfaces, it can be helpful to use a degreasing solvent. After thoroughly pressure washing the paved surface, apply several coats of sealant, letting each coat dry before applying the next.