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Driveway Sealing Tips & Tricks

Lovely summer just arrived and it is time to do home maintenance tasks in your todo list. And one of these tasks happens to be doing some maintenance work on your driveway. When it comes to driveway sealing some homeowners try to tackle it on their own and some decide to hire a professional to do the work. Whether you are doing it yourself, or looking for driveway sealing companies, consider these helpful driveway sealing tips first!

Should I use oil-based sealer or water- based?

Composition: There are 2 types of sealers you can choose from, oil-based and water-based. Which one is best is a matter of debate. Both have their pros and cons, and each is inherently different. Water-based sealers are either coal-tar emulsions or asphalt emulsions. An asphalt emulsion is simply asphalt suspended in water. Coal-tar emulsions are a bit more complicated and a byproduct of the steel industry. Also suspended in water, coal-tar sealers have a completely different structure than the asphalt they protect. Oil-based driveway sealers are petroleum-based products that combine asphalt rejuvenators, or asphaltic chemicals, in an oily suspension.

Water-based driveway sealer
This is what water-based driveway sealer looks like.

Efficiency: This is where there is fundamental difference between these two types of sealers.

Water-based sealers are best is your driveway surface is extremely uneven. This type of sealer will insure that you have flat surface after you apply it. While water-based or acrylic sealers form a protective layer on top of the driveway, oil-based sealers go one step further. Oil-based driveway sealers penetrate the surface, forming a flexible bond that decreases the likelihood that contraction and expansion throughout the winter months will result in cracking.

Our Recommendation: While water-based sealer are fine to use, our years of experience in this field has shown us two common factors with driveways that are sealed with water-based material.

Issue 1- Crocodile Cracking: This is possibly the single greatest common issue we have seen with driveways that were treated with water-based sealers. In short run, you may save money on your driveway by hitting your local Home Depot and DIY with water-based sealer. But based on your experience, it is more reasonable to pay a bit more and use oil-based sealer.

Cracked driveway surface
Crocodile Cracking on driveway

Issue 2 - Uneven Surface: If you decide to use water-based sealer and DIY, you will need a squeegee. Usually, it takes a lot more time to apply even layer of water-based sealer to your driveway and ace making the surface even. Good rule of thumbs is to pour on the asphalt 3 - 5 liters and start manually dispersing it evenly on the surface. Keep repeating this until you finish covering all the surface. Afterwards, let it dry for at least 12 hours.

We recommend using oil-based sealer

We are very fond of using oil-based sealing because of its effectiveness! It creates stronger bonds between the molecules of the sealer and has higher protection grade from sun rays and water. Oil is a natural water repellant and we know that we don't want water get to the base of our driveway, since it results in major cracks and creates a whole pattern of cracks. Here at Ark Services Group, before sealing your driveway, we clean your driveway from dust and particles by first blowing it off with our commercial blowers, and then we apply close-contact surface brusher. This ensures to open all pores on your driveway so it can be sealed as well. At last, we apply 2 layers of oil-based driveway sealer.

If you live in Greater Toronto Area, such as Markham, Vaughan, North York, Richmond Hill, and Thornhill, we are proud to announce that we are offering our services in your area. Learn more about our Residential Sealing. We will walk you through the steps of our driveway sealing process and give your our personalized approach to your driveway. We treat each driveway personally!

Greater Toronto Area
Our driveway sealing service area in Ontario

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