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Menards Home Improvement Topic - Protect your driveway from the elements

Posted: 11:27 AM, May 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-14 15:27:02Z

Concrete and asphalt have long been used for residential and commercial driveways. Some basic preventative maintenance will ensure that your driveway lasts a long time, ultimately saving you money.


  • Think of sealcoating your driveway just like you paint a fence or siding to keep the weather from deteriorating the wood.
  • Sealcoating seals the small cracks that can turn into large cracks, patches and rough spots.
  • When newly applied, makes the surface look nearly brand new.
  • Helps protect the driveway from the sun and harmful effects of chemical spills such as oil and gasoline.
  • Acts as a waterproofing agent, preventing damage from freeze/thaw cycles which can cause cracks.
  • Leaves a smooth, clean surface ideal for sweeping which lowers cleaning costs
  • All of these benefits apply to asphalt surfaces including sidewalks, paths, trails, sport courts and more.


  • Concrete has long been used for house foundations, driveways, porches, patios, sidewalks, retaining walls, sport courts and more.
  • Moisture, water, mold, mildew and freeze/thaw damage are all very detrimental to a concrete surface, therefore these surfaces need to be cleaned and sealed every few years to repel moisture.
  • Clean with a pressure washer and quality concrete cleaner. Remove contaminants such as mold, mildew, grime, dirt and stains prior to sealing your concrete.
  • Allow the surface to air dry for several days prior to sealer application.
  • Use a large brush, paint roller or sprayer to apply a consistent application of the sealer.

It is always important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when applying sealers to your surfaces.