Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Deal with Driveway Issues Now

One of the things I noticed during Sunday's yard work marathon was that the driveway is looking a little shabby. That really bites it considering that it has been not quite two years since I sealed it.

I'm going to have to look up the brand and avoid it in the future. (Because I'm sure it was supposedly a four or more years formula. Yeah. Right.) It sure doesn't look like this anymore! This is right after I'd applied the sealer in October 2008. Makes me sad.

And, before I sealed it, I did a lot of prep and repair work. Or I can imagine how much worse it would probably look. That said, with fall literally a few days away, now is definitely the time to do things like driveway repair. Old Man Winter will be blowin’ in before we know it. Sigh.

To keep an asphalt driveway both sound and looking good, especially one that is several years old like mine, annual maintenance is a necessity. You can’t leave large cracks exposed during the winter or you may not have a driveway left by spring!

A lot of people seal their driveways this time of year. You’ve still got time. Most driveway seals can be applied as long as it's 55 degrees or warmer outside. However, depending on how bad of shape your driveway is in, you may need time to repair it and to allow those repairs to cure before you can seal it. (This can take two days or even two weeks depending on what method you use.)

So, I offer these tips from a post I did a few years ago.

1 comment:

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Ugh - I need to do this. I've been in denial though and haven't gotten around to it.