How to Calculate Driveway Sealer

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Driveway sealer renews the dark color of an asphalt driveway, smooths the surface and covers tiny cracks or old patches. You can spread it with a brush or spray it on. It usually comes in 1-gallon or 5-gallon containers and the amount you need depends on the size of your driveway, as well as the texture of the surface. For instance, a rough surface needs as much as 65 percent more sealer than smooth driveway with the same square footage, according to CSGNetwork's driveway sealer calculator.

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  • Measuring tape or measure wheel
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  • Measure the length of your straight driveway a tape measure or measuring wheel. Round the measurement to the nearest foot.

  • Measure the width of your straight driveway. Round the measurement to the nearest foot.

  • Multiply the length of your straight driveway times its width to determine the square footage.

  • Divide the result by 80 for an average driveway. The result is the estimated number of gallons of driveway sealer you'll need.

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