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Moving Tips: Seal your driveway before winter

It may be important to make sure your driveway is sealed.

It may be important to make sure your driveway is sealed.

If you move to a home with a damaged driveway, it may be important to consider fixing it after your moving company departs and winter arrives. Winter can be damaging to any driveway, especially one that is already cracked and worn.

Driveways that have aged typically have cracks, or even completely broken pieces. This happens to every driveway without upkeep. Just like roads in your town need some repair from time to time, your driveway will have to be fixed, as well.

The driveway typically gets damaged because of precipitation, cars moving back and forth, and general temperature changes. Precipitation, especially water and snow, work their way into small cracks, weakening local areas. When the weather is especially cold, the driveway will be affected by ice, as the water seeps into the cracks. This pushes the cracks apart, making the area much worse for wear.

It is important to make sure you are aware of your driveway's decline, as it is more costly to fix it later on. Additionally, if it is severely damaged, you may want to consider getting the area re-paved, altogether.

How to fix your driveway
However, if your driveway just has some cracks in it, you may want to look for the option of sealing the cracks. This can be done yourself, if you take some precautions. It is important to get filler for the cracks, as well as a sealant on top of it. Both of these items can be found at your local hardware store.

The process can be annoying, but it is important that you do it during a time where there is no precipitation and the driveway is dry. The seals must take some time to set, and it may not be as effective if conditions are not right. It could be a good idea to sweep your driveway before the process. Also, the project may not be as effective if it is too cold out.

When filling the cracks, make sure that none of the materials get on your skin or your clothes. Laying the sealant very carefully is the key. In order to complete the job, you need to take tools to spread the sealant out, as this will make sure your driveway isn't covered in noticeable bumps. If you do this correctly, you will likely be successful.