I lived in the northeast 30 min from Canada. Lotsa salt gets dragged in the
driveway. I did it anually. Probably overkill but no cracks for the 15yrs I
Had a septic tank there. Pumped it every 3 yrs. Probably overkill. That
what father-in-law said, "Nahhh, I haven't had mine pumped in 8 yrs."
Obviously I'm mentioning this because I go by there one day and he is in
mud boots in the yard with buds. Mud boots work on shit too. They pulled
cover. A rubber (sonny boy lives in basement) with trapped air pops up. I
almost pissed my pants laughing.
Reseal it as often as you like. Chances are you don't need to do it at
all. For the most part that stuff is just a thin paint to make it look
black. There are some good materials out there for really weathered stuff,
but that is expensive. You really should not need it on a three year old
drive, other than to make the drive black again.
Don't bother doing it at all. It's nothing more than a coating to make it
look nice. My parents have a blacktop driveway that was put in back in
1980. Never has been coated, driveway is still fine.
The stuff is a complete waste of money and time.
Depends on what you use. Some is nothing more than paint, especially if the
container says to use a paint roller to spread it. Other types are a liquid
asphalt and you spread it with a squeegee so that it fills all fine cracks
and pores that have developed. In a northern climate you want to keep water
out of the fine cracks and pores because it will freeze and open them up
wider, destroying the pavement. In these cases, a good coat of sealer will
help a driveway/parking lot last longer if it is applied before winter on
pavement that is starting to form fine surface cracks.
My long circle asphalt driveway is over 10 years old, never been sealed,
and still in great shape. If I ever do seal it it will be for cosmetic
purposes only because that is all that I think the thin stuff is good
for. On the other hand, if you want to basically "paint" your driveway,
go for it.
Never reseal until it "whites out". The topping coat is mostly for looks
but does provide a "wear layer" when the better grades of coatings are used.
Filling any cracks is a very important step in any cold weather areas. The
freezing water in those crack if they aren't sealed will make them larger.
On Thu, 13 Sep 2007 16:23:48 -0700, " email@example.com"
And I guess that is why we need that patch that I ask about in the
next thread. It's the lowest part of the n'hood, and gets melting
water when snow or ice melts, then ice what it freezes each night. We
didn't have that many cracks, but the big crack was right in the
middle where the water runs.
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