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When to seal new driveway?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by gadfreak, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. gadfreak

    gadfreak LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Messages: 37

    Just had driveway paved last week. When should I seal it? I'm in NJ.

  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Messages: 4,891

    Wait at least a year......Wait till the driveway begings to slightly grey
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,755

    There is a test to tell if the asphalt is ok to seal, basically when the water doesnt bead on the pavement. Buy a high quality coal tar emulsion sealer , add about 3 lbs of playsand to a gallon for traction. Best to do on a sunny day with temps 45 degrees and rising.
  4. joe2106

    joe2106 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Is this asphalt or concrete? Concrete--different sealers at different times, but some are asap!!

    Don't know much about asphalt, but email me any q's about concrete.
  5. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    Worked for a paving company for a couple of months, they always told customers wait approx. 2 years before seal coating new pavement. You won't need to buy a expensive seal coater either as another member stated. Just buy a regular can of driveway sealer, you probably won't need the crack filler either, I wouldn't bother adding sand either for traction, if you want traction get the crackfiller seal coat and spread it a seal coat broom.

  6. straightline

    straightline LawnSite Member
    from venus
    Messages: 1

    Six months min, do the water test first and if it dont bead then apply sealer, you can get it a Home depoe
  7. firedude26

    firedude26 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Mich
    Messages: 269

    2 seasons, then had it done and every other year after, that is what i do and it works great. The guy that does mine comes back every so often and touches up areas that might of gotten scraped from plowing.

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