Tarring the driveway
Posted August 28 2002 - 7:30 AM
Posted August 28 2002 - 8:50 AM
Posted August 28 2002 - 9:45 AM
If a driveway is installed correctly (enough blend, remove roots) it shouldn't be necessary to fill cracks. The most important part of driveway longevity is to get the state mix of asphalt not the typical commercial mix that most companies use on driveways. It may not be as pretty and smooth when it's done, but it is much better quality.
Some people just have to have that nice black look, so I would do it for them, but never recommend it. Whenever I did a resealing job, we used the pails of stuff from Home Depot not the hot tar, we just poured some out on the driveway and then squeeged it around to fill in. Make sure you use a leaf blower to remove all the dirt and dust, pick out all the weeds, and some products (latex sealer) requires you to wet the area first.
Posted August 28 2002 - 9:55 AM
[This message has been edited by STEVE IN MASS (edited 08-28-2002).]
Posted August 28 2002 - 11:09 AM
Posted August 28 2002 - 12:23 PM
The do-it-yourself stuff in the buckets will usually be recoated every year. Less expensive but more applications.
The latex (waterbased) and regular material will both usually have to be recoated every year. The latex material is easier to clean up if you get any over splatter. Sorry I don't have any brand recommendations.
I would figure out the square footage and then get prices for professionally done hot sealcoat and figure a life of 3-5 years, then cost of material to do it yourself every year for 3-5 years and decide how to do it that way.
If you do it yourself, make sure you mix the hell out of the stuff. You will probably see when you open a bucket that it is very watery on top and all the "tar" is at the bottom. It takes a while to mix but is definately necessary for a proper coat.
Posted August 28 2002 - 3:09 PM
Posted August 28 2002 - 3:15 PM