If you have a driveway, you’ll know all too well that, after many years, the paving surface can start to look dull and also grubby.
Nobody wants to pay the price to install a driveaway only to be left with a surface that looks bad or for their current driveway to look unkempt, so the best way to keep your driveway looking fresh and clean is by sealing the driveway.
However, sealing a driveway straight away after it has been laid isn’t a good idea, as it needs to set. Any salts that are in the blocks need to work themselves free. It may be worth waiting a few years before sealing a driveway.
Many homeowners opt for driveway sealing so that they can keep the quality of each block that’s used to make the driveway as pristine as possible. Also, it helps with keeping the external look of your home clean and crisp.
Another reason to have driveway sealing on your block paving is to prevent the growth of moss and weeds, as well as to protect it from any stains such as car oil, which can be unsightly and can last a long time on your driveway.
If you have paid out for the driveway yourself, you will know that block paving prices can be high, so to prevent you from paying a high price again, the good news is that the price for sealing a driveway is much cheaper.
The price of sealing a driveway can vary, and prices can range between £200 to £600 or more, depending on factors such as the size of your driveway and the materials used. An average cost for a medium sealing driveway is around £350 to £400, although prices can vary.
What Factors Effect Driveway Sealing Prices?
There are a few factors that will alter the price you pay for your seal driveway. One of the main factors that will affect the price is the type of driveway sealer that’s used. As you can imagine, there are many different types of sealers that you can purchase from different brands. They will have different prices on each of their sealer products.
It may be worth going with a mid-range sealer, although there are cheaper sealers that will work and be of good quality. You can consult your driveway specialist, who will suggest the type of sealer that will work best on your block paving.
Another factor that will affect the cost to seal the surface of your block paving is the size of your driveway. Smaller driveways will cost less than a larger one. The cost of other materials, such as the sand or weed killer, will also need to be used to keep your sealed driveway looking high quality.
In terms of cleaning the driveway before any other work commences, this shouldn’t affect the overall seal for driveway cost. The cleaning price can vary if you have an extensive driveway, as it will take longer for the cleaning process to be completed. This will also then lead to increased labour costs.
The surface size of your driveway will affect labour costs as the longer it takes to complete, the more your driveway specialist will charge you.
What Is The Process For Achieving a Sealed Driveway?
There are a few processes that need to be completed before the surface of your driveway is efficiently sealed.
This includes work such as cleaning the block paving, which can take some time to finish if the surface hasn’t been cleaned for many years and if there is significant weed growth or loose sand.
Applying kiln dried sand is another aspect that counts towards effectively sealing the surface of block paving. This will help to keep the surface free from weeds, moss, and to keep your driveway free from these growths for many years.
Here are the steps that should be taken by your driveway specialist, although some companies will have slightly different ways of working:
Step 1: First, the paving needs cleaning. The cleaning is normally achieved by using a jet wash that will omit high pressured water to lift dirt and any loose sand and remove any unwanted weeds and moss. This cleaning process is important; you don’t want to add a sealer to a dull and dirty driveway. If the sealer is applied directly onto your paving without the cleaning process, it will look the same as it already did.
Step 2: If there are any present stains of oil that the cleaning process hasn’t cleared, then you may need an oil cleaning solution to be used to take the oil stain off of the driveway. This is also the time to use any treatments that will kill moss and weeds.
Step 3: This is an important step. You must make sure the driveway is completely dry. Sealing a wet driveway is pointless as the sealer won’t apply properly and will drain away and be ineffective.
Step 4: Once dry, kiln dried sand will need to be used. The kiln-dried sand is put between the blocks to fill in any gaps that were left by the removal of weeds, moss, or by the cleaning process.
Step 5: Make sure there’s no sand residue on top of the blocks and only in the gaps where it should be. Now the sealer is applied to the surface. To make a good watertight sealing, it’s best practice to apply two coats of sealer.
Your driveway is now fully sealed, and it will look like you have had a new driveway built but for a much lower price. Plus, it will look great for many years to come.
How Long Does it Take For The Paving To Be Sealed?
Each of the steps above can take different amounts of time to be completed.
The drying process is weather dependant – the hotter it is, the better and quicker it will be, and the wetter it is, the longer it will be. Remember, this is one of the most important aspects, as the wet ground isn’t ideal when applying sealer.
The cleaning process and applying any weed killer or oil remover will be done all at the same time. The weed killer and oil remover should be applied after the jet wash has occurred. The time of these actions will vary, depending on the size and how much weed growth needs to be treated. It should take at least a few hours to complete these actions – possibly half a day.
To apply the kiln dried sand to the surface may take around a few hours or less. You’ll want to make sure all the gaps are sufficiently filled in – any gaps that are not filled in will make a difference in the appearance of the drive, so ensure a good amount of time is spent filling all gaps to the required uniform level. Plus, clearing away any residue sand is paramount, too, as you don’t want any left on top of any block.
In terms of sealer, the first coat will always take longer. You need to ensure each block is covered well and with a decent amount of sealer. This can take a few hours and will increase if the drive is large. The second coat should be applied once the first one is dry – so if the weather is sunny, it won’t take long.
The application of the second coat will generally take less time than the first coat, as the sealer will take better than it did when first applied to each block and gap area.
What Should You Consider When Getting Your Driveway Sealed?
There are a few things to bear in mind when getting your driveway sealed.
The main consideration should be the weather. If the weather is wet, sealing your driveway isn’t a good idea. You could be paying for something that won’t last a long time.
It’s best to have your driveway sealed during the warmer months. By having the work carried out in the spring or summer, depending on what the weather is like that day, it could make sealing your driveway a quicker process. Less time will be needed to let your driveway dry after the cleaning process has occurred.
You should be beware of any rainfall that might occur during the day the sealer is applied, as the whole surface may not seal properly, and you won’t be able to apply the second coat of sealer.
You should always only apply the sealer in warm weather as the surface may look dry to the eye, but there could be water retained within each block.