frequently asked questions

Thank you for having your driveway sealed by Seal of Approval, LLC. Below are answers to the following frequently asked questions:

How long before I can walk and drive on my driveway?
You can safely walk on the dried surface a few hours after it is sealed. The shady areas may take longer to dry. You can drive on it 36 to 48 hours in the spring and fall, 36 hours in the summer.

I am getting scuffmarks from my tires. What can I do?
Scuffmarks are caused by power steering, especially in tight areas. Larger SUV’s and even some cars tend to leave these marks. Humid hot summer months also contribute to these marks. They are temporary and will go away in about a month as your driveway cures.

Why can I still see oil spots?
Generally if you can still see oil spots after our treatment it’s likely that the saturation has compromised the integrity of the asphalt and needs to be replaced.

Why can I still see the cracks in my driveway?
Small cracks, called surface cracking, that only require sealer may still be visible, but they are sealed. Large cracks are filled with hot tar, which gives the impression of a smooth surface. You will see the contrast between this smooth surface to the surrounding rough asphalt. Tar in some large cracks will settle. This in no way affects the performance of the product. Depending on the condition of the driveway, size of the crack and slope of the driveway and time of day some cracks are more noticeable than others. *Please note there is no permanent way to fix cracks, however this maintenance is important. Crack filling provides protection against further damage and increases your driveway’s life.

When is the best time of year to seal?
We seal from April right through until the end of October.

Do you have any advice as to how I can further protect my driveway?

  • Avoid rock salt in the winter. Try calcium chloride instead.
  • Be careful if you pressure wash. Too much pressure will leave marks.
  • Avoid washing your car and using products such as Armoral in the driveway. The products may change the complexion of the sealer.
  • A good maintenance plan includes sealing your driveway every two years.
  • New driveways that are being sealed for the first time should be resealed the following year.