Sealing a driveway protects it and keeps the asphalt from cracking. Your driveway should be sealed once a year to ensure that it has the correct barrier of protection to keep the asphalt in good condition. Here is a step-by-step list of instructions on how to properly seal a driveway.

To complete this task you will need the following tools;

A can of driveway sealant

A hard bristled broom

Pressure washer

Access to a water supply


Safety glasses

A push broom

1 - Take a hard bristled broom and sweep off the dirt, stones and leaves that have collected on the driveway over time. Start at the top of the driveway closest to the door and sweep the dirt to the back of the driveway.

2 - Attach a pressure washer to the garden hose and a water supply and then turn it on and clean the surface of the driveway before applying any sealant. The pressure washer will remove any leftover dirt of grime that has been stuck the the driveway that the broom didn't remove. If there is a tough stain then you can apply more pressure from the pressure water by simply moving the hose closer to the stain or turning up the power on the unit.

3 - Let the driveway air dry in full sunlight for a twenty-four hour period before you apply any sealant. Applying sealant to a driveway that is wet will not form a proper seal and the sealant may not properly adhere to the driveway.

4 - With the driveway completely dry, you are now safe to apply the sealant. Start by putting on a pair of rubber gloves to make sure that the sealant never comes into contact with you skin and wear a pair of safety glasses to prevent the sealant from getting into your eyes.

5 - Using a push broom spread the sealant over the driveway in an even manner starting at the back and making your way to the front. Once the surface area is covered, let it dry for a full twenty-four hours before applying a second coat in the same manner.

Following the steps outlined above will seal your driveway and prevent the further spread of cracks in the asphalt. If you don't have the time to do the job yourself or have questions, you should always consult with a professional asphalt paving service, and they can give you tips or do the job for a modest fee.

For professional service, contact a company such as Mariotti Bill Site Development Co Inc.