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If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.

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3 Ways To Keep Your Asphalt Driveway Looking Brand New

by Edwin Johnston

You have a new asphalt driveway. Did you know that things like water, extreme heat and cold, or even regular usage can damage the asphalt? To protect your asphalt and help it last longer, you should add a layer of sealant once a year. The sealant will protect it from environmental damage and keep it looking new longer. Here are the steps you should take each year to keep your driveway looking brand new. 

Begin With a Clean Surface

Sealant won't stick to a dirty surface, so you'll need to clean your driveway before you begin. Fill a bucket with warm water and add ½ cup of grease-cutting dish detergent. Dip a stiff-bristled broom into the bucket to get it nice and wet. Scrub the entire surface of your driveway using your broom and the cleaning solution. Use your garden hose to rinse the soap off and allow it to dry for about an hour.

Fill in the Cracks and Holes

If there are cracks or holes in the asphalt, you should fill those in before you apply the sealant. You'll need a bag of asphalt patch, several tubes of asphalt caulk and a caulking gun.

Cracks

Use your caulking gun to fill each crack with a thick strip of caulk. Take a putty knife and smooth the caulk so that it's even with the surface of the asphalt. Repeat the process until all the cracks have been filled. Allow the caulk to dry for several hours before applying the sealant.

Holes

Fill each hole with a generous amount of asphalt patch and press down on it with your foot. Continue to add asphalt patch and pressing down until the hole is filled. Place a cinder block on the patch for about 30 minutes to ensure a firm pack.

Apply the Sealant

Now you're ready to seal the asphalt. For this part of the project, you'll need a container of asphalt sealant, a stiff-bristled push broom and a pair of old shoes that you won't mind throwing away. Beginning at end of the driveway closest to the street, pour a generous amount of sealant onto the asphalt. Use your broom to spread the sealant.

Continue pouring and spreading the sealant moving across the driveway and up towards your home. Allow the sealant to dry overnight before using it again. Be sure to block off the end of the driveway with rope to prevent people from driving on your fresh asphalt sealant.

You want your driveway to last as long as possible. The simple instructions outlined above will help you protect your driveway and keep it looking brand new.

For professional help with asphalt paving, contact a company like Phend & Brown.

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