When you apply sealcoating to your driveway, there are some rules and guidelines you are going to want to follow. These rules and guidelines will help ensure that your sealcoating job is an effective and efficient as possible.
Rule #1: Apply Multiple Coats
When you apply sealcoating to your driveway, you don't want to just put down one coat. For the best performance, you need to put at least two coats of sealcoating on your driveway, and potentially three coats. Applying multiple coats will heal ensure that the sealcoating is evenly applied to your driveway and that all of the cracks and imperfections in your driveway are filled with the sealcoating material.
Rule #2: Watch the Outside Temperature
The material used to sealcoat your driveway is not designed to work in freezing, or near freezing, weather. Sealcoating material works best when applied on mild to warm days, where the outside temperatures are at least fifty degrees throughout the day. That is why it is not a good idea to sealcoat your driveway when it is cold outside. The material will not set and cure properly, leaving your driveway vulnerable.
Rule #3: Be Mindful of Moisture
You also need to be mindful of moisture when you are sealcoating your driveway. Moisture can interfere with the application of the sealcoating material on your driveway. You should not apply sealcoating when it is supposed to rain within the same day when you are planning on applying the sealcoating. Moisture can ruin the application process, so watch the weather, and if there is a high chance of rain, postpone your plans for applying the sealcoating to your driveway.
Rule #4: Plan for Curing Time
Finally, you need to make sure that you plan time for the material to cure. When you apply sealcoating material to your driveway, you shouldn't plan on parking on your driveway or using it in any form for at least a day. Although you can start using your driveway after a day, giving it at least a two-day break is a good idea.
When it comes to applying sealcoating to your driveway, make sure multiple coats are applied to your driveway for the best results. The material should be applied when the outside temperatures are decently warm, and when there is no chance of moisture on the horizon. Be sure to allow for curing time when you plan for the asphalt sealcoating of your driveway as well.