A sealcoat is a liquid coating mixture that can be applied to asphalt-based pavements. You can find a lot of good reason why you should apply sealcoating to your asphalt driveway. And since your driveway takes up much of your front yard, you wouldn’t want it to be cracked, dirty and faded. Here are some reasons why you should invest in a sealcoat for your driveway.
If the appearance of your driveway looks great for now, then you can maintain this appearance with sealcoating. If you don’t apply sealcoating to your asphalt driveway, then it will soon crack, fade or look distressed. Your house will not look great with a cracked driveway. Cracks in the driveway can make people trip on it and cause injury.
If you apply sealcoating to your asphalt driveway then it can prevent water, car fluids, the sun, salt, and chemical from warping the color or eating away at the driveway. Weeds are also prevented from growing in the asphalt.
Sealcoat also improves the appearance of asphalt. It looks bold and dark when new.
Sealcoating also prevents your asphalt from cracking. Small cracks can widen in the asphalt and are caused by water that seeps into the base material. With sealcoating, it can smooth over any minor cracks and rough patches. Sealcoat is a non-porous smooth surface so nothing can enter in and if there is dirt on the driveway, then rainwater can easily wash it off your driveway.
The color of your asphalt can fade and the asphalt can warp with the sun’s UV rays. Oil and gas can also penetrate in pocket of surface void. Chemical spills can worsen your driveway’s condition. The harmful effects of spills and the UV rays of the sun can be prevented with a thick layer of sealcoat. The risk of damage due to water, snow , and freezing can also be minimized with sealcoating. There are many things that can destroy your driveway which sealcoating can prevent.
Another benefit to sealcoating is that it makes your asphalt driveway strong. It can withstand the combined weight of cars. Heat from the sunlight is absorbed by the sealcoat which makes your asphalt more pliable and shaped into a mold.
It can be a DIY project or it can be done by a professional to apply sealcoating to your asphalt driveway. Hiring a professional to apply sealcoating is much better because they are more familiar with good products to use. Some products work better in certain areas because of temperature and climate and a professional can help determine the best products to use. A professional will know which sealants to avoid.
So instead of doing costly repairs or replacing your asphalt, you can save a lot of money if you sealcoat it.