5 Specialist Tips To Installing Driveway Sealant Perfectly30th September 2020
A stunning driveway provides an appealing entrance to your home and can even add value to your property. But this is only the case if it is kept in good condition. A driveway made from block paving tends to be susceptible to dirt, debris, weed growth and loss of sand which can all tarnish the appearance of your installation. The great news for home owners is that there’s a simple way to eradicate all of these issues if you apply a coat of quality driveway sealer to your block paving installation. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect finish.
Testing The Area First
Before you coat your entire driveway, it is usually a good idea to create a test area. This is a great way to discover how the coating will look across the entire surface of your driveway, but is also a fantastic way to refine your sealing skills before you begin.
Prepping Your Driveway
Before applying driveway sealer to either a test area or the entire surface area, you’ll need to carry out some prep work first. To ensure your driveway shines, you must give the paving a thorough clean first. This will help to remove any tyre marks, dirt, stains or spills that may have affected the appearance of your paving until now. The block paving will need to be completely dry before you attempt to apply the driveway sealer; however, it should also be free of any jointing sand that has become loose.
Removing Previous Driveway Sealer
If you’re working on an existing driveway installation and have previously applied any sealant, then you’ll need to remove this entirely before you begin with your new driveway sealer coating. This is particularly important if you previously used a different brand, as there might be compatibility issues that could affect the aesthetic appeal of your installation.
Choosing The Right Time To Apply Driveway Sealer
To provide your block paving with a perfect finish, you’ll want to ensure that you apply your driveway sealer at the perfect time. It’s always important to check your local weather forecast before commencing with this type of project. Aim to apply your sealant when the temperature is between 10 to 30 degrees Celsius and avoid any days where there’s a possibility of rainfall.
In the event that it rains during your application of driveway sealer, then check to see if your Resiblock product is a pre-polymer urethane. If so, all you need to do is wait until the driveway has thoroughly dried out again following the downpour. You should then abrade the surface, and pressure wash before allowing to dry again. Follow up by applying another coat of driveway sealant.
Achieving An Even Coating
Applying your driveway sealer is simple if you use the right tools. A roller, squeegee, brush or spray are all great options to help you evenly spread the sealant across the surface of your block paving installation. Make sure that you allow the sealant to flood into the joints between the paving stones. However, if any pools form, then these should be removed with a squeegee or sponge.
How long should you wait before walking or driving on your sealed driveway?
After you’ve applied your sealant, you’ll need to leave it to dry out before you’re able to apply pressure to it. So long as you’ve applied your driveway sealer in the optimal temperature and weather conditions, then your paving should be ready for both foot and vehicle traffic in as little as 24 hours.
How many coats of driveway sealer are required?
Our Resiblock driveway sealer is designed to be a one-coat product. This makes it an incredibly simple solution for both trade and DIY projects which is cost-effective too. If you do feel that you’d like to apply a second coat of driveway sealer, then this won’t cause any problems either. The best advice would be to carry out a test of the product on a small section of your driveway before you begin the largescale coating process. This will give you a great idea of what the finished results will look like for your individual block paving driveway.
How soon can you apply driveway sealer to new paving installations?
If you’ve recently installed a brand-new block paving driveway, then we understand you’ll want to protect it as soon as possible with a coat of sealant. However, for best results, it’s advised that you wait around 8 weeks following your installation to allow the paving to completely dry out before you begin your prep work.
If you have any queries about Resiblock’s driveway sealer product, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable and friendly customer service team on 01268 273344.