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Driveway sealers play a vital role in protecting your driveway from the elements and keeping it in good condition. They are designed to provide a water-resistant barrier that helps to prevent damage from UV rays, water, corrosive oils and other contaminants. By applying a driveway sealer, you can enhance the curb appeal of your property and prolong the lifespan of your driveway. It is recommended to apply driveway sealers to driveways that are repaired from major cracks or damage.

Asphalt Driveway Sealer

When it comes to sealing your asphalt driveway, there are a few options to consider. One popular choice is an asphalt-based sealer, which offers excellent protection against the harsh elements. This type of sealer is easy to apply and provides a durable barrier that helps prevent cracking, fading, and deterioration.

Another option is a coal tar-based sealer. This type of sealer is known for its durability and resistance to gasoline, oil, and other chemicals. It forms a protective layer on your driveway, shielding it from damage caused by the sun's UV rays and moisture.

Applying Pavemade Blacktop Sealers

Preparing your Driveway for Sealing

- Ensure the forecast predicts no rain for at least 48 hours

- Check the pavement temperature should be at least 50 degrees F and rising

- Clear the driveway of any debris, oil stains, and vegetation

- Repair any cracks using a high quality asphalt filler (browse our driveway crack fillers here)

- Optionally Clean the entire surface with a degreaser and a pressure washer

Sealing Your Driveway

- Use a squeegee to apply the asphalt sealer in even coats, ensuring a consistent layer.

- Pay special attention to edges.

- Optionally, wait for about 4 hours (dry to touch) and apply a 2nd coat to ensure full coverage.

- Allow the sealer to dry for at least 24 hours.

Buying the Best Driveway Sealer


When it comes to choosing a driveway sealer, the quality is a top factor to consider. Always prioritize quality when selecting a driveway sealer. Cheap sealers consist mostly water, you will end up wasting your time and money. A high quality sealer is high in solid content. Our Pavemade Driveway Sealers in this collection both have at 65%+ solid content as well as antioxidant and UV protected additives.

Coverage Area (Sq. Feet)

The manufacturer provides this information to know how much sealer you need. Various sealers may have different coverage capacities based on their formulation and intended use. For Pavemade sealer coverage use our seal coat calculator.

Curing Time (Hours)

The curing time of a seal coat is important to consider. It refers to the duration required for the coat to fully set and become effective, typically ranging from 24 to 48 hours. Our asphalt emulsion sealer has cross-linking accelerators which shrinks the dry and cure time to about 12 hours. Apply in a dry and hot day can increase the curing rate of the sealcoat.

After Sealing Your Driveway

Get more out of your driveway tar with proper maintenance. Sealing it every 2-3 years can keep your asphalt driveway in good condition. Clean and fill all cracks regularly to avoid further damage. This not only extends the life of your driveway but also improves its curb appeal. Keep up with regular maintenance to ensure your driveway remains water-resistant and in excellent condition.

Regularly inspect your sealed driveway for any signs of wear or damage, and promptly address any issues to prevent further deterioration. Clean the surface as needed to remove dirt, debris, and stains. Avoid using harsh chemicals that may compromise the sealant. Consider applying a fresh coat of driveway sealer every few years to maintain its water-resistant and UV protective properties. Additionally, promptly repair any cracks or damage to keep your driveway in good condition for years to come.

Environmental Impact of Driveway Sealers

Many traditional sealers contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that can be harmful. These chemicals can leach into the soil and water, impacting the ecosystem. However, there are eco-friendly options available that are water-based and low in VOCs, making them safer for the environment. When choosing a driveway sealer, consider its environmental impact to minimize harm to the surroundings.

Are Driveway Sealers Safe for the Environment?

Driveway sealers can impact the environment due to their chemical composition. Some contain harmful substances that can leach into the soil and water. Look for eco-friendly options to minimize environmental impact. Consider water-based sealers and those with low VOC levels for a greener choice.

Eco-Friendly Driveway Sealer Options

When considering eco-friendly driveway sealer options, look for water-based sealers with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and bio-based ingredients. These sealers are safe for the environment, minimizing the impact on surrounding vegetation and water sources. Additionally, seek products that are biodegradable and free from harmful chemicals, such as coal tar and other toxic elements. Pavemade asphalt emulsion sealer is a non carcinogenic and environmentally friendly black top driveway sealer that is preferred by homeowners and the DIY community.


How Often Should You Seal Your Driveway?

Seal a black top driveway every 1-3 years. Factors like climate and usage can affect the frequency. Regular inspections will help determine when it's time for resealing. Proper maintenance can prolong the life of your driveway and save you from costly repairs.

Which Driveway Sealer Offers the Longest Protection?

Pavemade 5-Gallon Asphalt Sealer is known for offering the longest protection for driveways. Its advanced latex enhanced formulation provides durability and strength, ensuring an extended lifespan for your driveway. This sealer is a top choice for long-lasting protection for black top driveway sealing.

Can I Apply a Sealer on My Own or Should I Hire a Professional?

For driveways, DIY application is easy with the right tools and supplies. Pavemade offers highly effective yet easy to apply asphalt repair supplies, you can find everything you need for your driveway makeover project. For more complex repairs such as foundation work and overlay you will need specialty equipment and it is recommended to hire a professional contractor.

How Long Does It Take for Driveway Sealer to Dry?

After applying a driveway sealer, it typically takes 24 to 48 hours to dry. However, drying time can vary depending on the type of sealer, weather conditions, and the size of the area. It's important to allow sufficient drying time before allowing any traffic on the sealed surface.

What is the Best Time of Year to Apply Driveway Sealer?

The best time to apply driveway sealer is during the spring or fall when the temperature is between 50-80°F. These moderate temperatures ensure optimal conditions for the sealer to cure and provide long-lasting protection for your driveway.

What type of driveway sealer is best?

Choosing the best driveway sealer depends on the type of surface, climate, and desired longevity. For asphalt driveways, coal tar sealers offer durability, while acrylic sealers are ideal for concrete surfaces. Consider environmental impact and ease of application when selecting the best option.

Is sealing a driveway worth it?

If your blacktop never sees the sun or gets rained on then there is no need for sealing it. Sealing a black top driveway is worth it for long-term protection against harsh weather, UV rays, and regular wear and tear. It helps in extending the lifespan of the driveway and preventing cracks and other damages, ultimately saving money on expensive repairs.

How much will a 5 gallon bucket of driveway sealer cover?

A 5-gallon bucket of driveway sealer can cover around 400-600 square feet, depending on the sealer's thickness and the surface's porosity. Use our sealcoating calculator for your project.

Is it better to spray or roll driveway sealer?

When it comes to applying driveway sealer, both spraying and rolling are viable methods. Spraying allows for a faster application and is best suited for larger areas, while rolling provides better control and is ideal for smaller or more intricate surfaces.