Seal an asphalt driveway
A freshly sealed asphalt driveway. (Gene Hamilton / June 9, 2014)
A sealing company will charge $244 to seal a typical 20-by-50-foot driveway in good condition, which includes labor and material, but you can do it yourself for $88 and save 64 percent. You'll get the best results if you spend time preparing the surface and the lawn along its edges. Pull weeds, rake and edge so the soil is neatly trimmed back from the driveway surface. Fill any cracks and potholes with an asphalt patching material and use an asphalt primer or cleaner to remove any grease spots. Sweep the driveway, and then scrub it with soapy water before applying sealer. The actual application of the sealer is the finale and takes less time than the prep work.
Use a push broom or applicator to spread the sealer, working your way from the garage out to the street. To give the sealer time to bond to the surface and dry quickly, apply two thin coats instead of a heavy one. Asphalt is messy stuff, so be careful where you step. Before walking inside the house, check the soles of your shoes for sealer.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$244 -- $88 -- 2.5 -- 4.0 -- $156 -- 64 Percent
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