Why Summer is the Best Time to Seal Your Driveway and Repair It Too

Best time to seal driveway and clean oil stains

Your interlocking paver, concrete, or asphalt driveway is beginning to show its age with things like:

It’s inevitable: You need to repair your driveway.

With that in mind, right now (summer) is the perfect time to visit Lane’s Landscaping Supplies, pick up the products you need, and get it done.

Here’s why.

Summer is the best time for sealing your driveway

Seal driveway in summer

In spring, fall, or winter, there may be too much precipitation (rain, snow, etc.) to properly seal your driveway.

In summer, the hot temperatures allow any cleaners and sealers you use to dry faster. That means you can use your driveway again much sooner.

Other advantages include:

  • Materials expand in heat, so any pores or gaps will be completely and fully filled.
  • Sealcoating your driveway can protect it from any extreme heat conditions (especially asphalt driveways).
  • Summer sealing prevents any minor cracks or fissures from expanding and/or getting bigger.

Something else to consider is that by sealing your driveway in the summer, you’re also proactively protecting it from wintry conditions such as heavy snow, thick ice, and even driveway salt.

Easier to repair any sloping issues when it’s dry out

According to Weather Atlas, the driest rainfall months in Mississauga and surrounding areas are:

  • July (10.4 days of rain).
  • August (10.2 days of rain).
  • September (10.5 days of rain).

So, if there’s a grading or sloping issue with your driveway, it’s much preferable to deal with it when they’re no precipitation falling, ponding, or even flooding your driveway.

Common causes of driveway flooding are:

  • Clogged drainage from leaves, stray topsoil, dirt, debris, or an improperly installed system.
  • Too much roof water falling onto your driveway and causing it to pool quickly.
  • Flat surface which causes water to just sit on top of the driveway as opposes to running off.

Settle/re-settle interlocking pavers properly

Apply stones after best time to seal driveway

If you have interlocking pavers (or even interlocking patio stones), they may have shifted upwards or come loose.

And if the pavers are in good condition (in terms of appearance and structure), your best bet is to:

  • Remove them.
  • Reapply fresh aggregate
  • Resettle the interlocking stones.
  • Fill in the gaps between each stone with polymeric sand.
  • Sealing the driveway (as mentioned at the top of this blog).

It’s a lot easier to do that in dry, predictable summer weather vs. other seasons where it can go from rainy to hot to windy to cool….sometimes all in the same day.

Getting ready to repair your driveway? Make certain to stop at Lane’s

No doubt, restoring your driveway is a big job.

But the results will be worth it in terms of curb appeal, overall home value, and eliminating any issues like draining or uneven stones.

Summer is the best time to seal your driveway and take care of other necessary repairs too.

And we want to help.

Contact us with your questions or comments or request a FREE quote on any products we carry that you’ll need.

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