Sealcoating Your Driveway: Four Steps To Prepare

When you are planning to have your driveway sealcoated, there are a few steps you'll want to take to prepare for this project. Use this guide to get your driveway and your home ready as you await the arrival of your paving contractors. With the right preparations, your project can help to make the project go more smoothly for you, your family, and your contractors.

1. Clean The Driveway

You'll want to clear away any items that might be on the pavement, such as bicycles, toys or cars to ensure a clear workspace for the contractors. After this is complete, sweep the driveway and use a garden hose to clear away dirt and debris. If you have oil or gas stains on the driveway, you can use a specialized primer to help prevent the stain from seeping through the sealcoating. Primers can be found at local hardware stores. Use a scrub brush to remove as much of the oil or gas before priming the area. Some paving contractors will include priming as part of your complete sealcoating project, so ask before you undertake this task on your own.

2. Close All Windows And Doors

Sealcoating can emit a noticeable odor, which some people may find unpleasant. Because the smell can linger, it's a good idea to close all windows and doors to your home before the project begins. Place a towel on the floor in front of your doors for added protection against the smell. If you have small children, you may want to make arrangements for them to stay at a friend or family member's home while the sealcoating is being performed.

3. Trim And Edge The Lawn

Trimming and edging your lawn, particularly the grass next to the driveway, can help to ensure that your contractors have a clear work area. This will prevent long blades of grass from becoming stuck in the sealing materials, and it also gives your lawn a neat, tidy look once the project is complete. Be sure to sweep up any yard clippings before the contractors arrive. It's also a good idea to turn off any automatic sprinkler systems so they don't turn on during the sealing process. Putting this on the to-do list next to trimming your grass can help you remember to turn off the sprinklers.

4. Prepare Parking Space

Your contractors will need to park their trucks and equipment nearby, so try to clear parking space in front of your home before they arrive. Move your car or cars to a side street right before their arrival so the trucks can be parked where you normally leave your vehicle. If you live in an area with permit parking or restricted parking, make arrangements with your local municipality in advance.

Your paving contractors can provide you with additional tips to follow as you prepare for your sealcoating project. Take the time to get your driveway and house ready for sealcoating, and enjoy the beautiful, fresh new parking surface your contractors create for you.