Every springtime asphalt paving contractors will start their annual work, sealcoating and protecting customers’ asphalt driveways.
But why should you consider sealcoating your driveway at the start of this season?
YOU WILL SAVE MONEY BY ACTING NOW
By protecting your driveway today, you prevent having to shell out for the full cost of a new asphalt driveway later on.
A sealcoating job will cost a fraction of the full cost of a driveway being constructed from stratch.
We estimate it costs about one twentieth to one thirtieth of the cost of a new driveway.
YOUR DRIVEWAY WILL LIVE LONGER
The most obvious reason for getting your driveway sealcoated is that it will live longer.
In fact, out of everything that you could do for your asphalt driveway, sealcoating it is the single most important thing.
If done at the right time, sealcoating could extend the lifespan of your driveway by twenty years.
However, it needs to be done right from the start. Remember, this is a preventative measure and not a cure for a driveway which has been neglected for the last ten years!
It also will not repair a cracked or broken driveway.
Driveways should be sealcoated approximately one year after the asphalt has been laid. It should be reapplied every two to three years, depending on the level of need.
THE OXIDIZATION WILL BE SLOWED DOWN
Sealcoating slows down the process of oxidization which, if left untreated is going to eventually result in cracks appearing in the driveway.
IT STOPS WATER GETTING IN
By eliminating the chances of cracking, sealcoating is effectively stopping the water from being able to get into your driveway.
Water is not the friend of asphalt. Because asphalt is porous, water will get inside it and wreak damage.
This is because the water will get right down to the base of the asphalt driveway and that is where it can do the worst damage.
IT PREVENTS ACCIDENTS
By preventing cracks from happening, you are stopping potholes from taking hold and these are things which can cause accidents.
It’s not just cars which potholes can cause damage to – it is also pedestrians and cyclists.
Someone walking up your driveway could stumble in the dark and fall – this is not the welcome you want to give to your guests!
IT LOOKS GREAT
Finally, sealcoating your asphalt improves its visual appearance and smartens up the front of your property.