Driveway sealing is a cost effective way to prolong the life of your driveway. Because most driveway surfaces are built from asphalt, which is susceptible to wear and tear from weather and excess traffic, it’s a good idea to regularly and properly seal your driveway so that costly repairs and replacement are not needed in the future. Driveway sealing, when done as a regular part of your driveway maintenance, gives the driveway the protection it needs to last as long as possible. Let us be the ones to take care of this process for you!
Sealing your driveway provides several benefits when it comes to preservation of that driveway. The greatest threat to any paved surface is water seepage but, by having your driveway sealed, you can repel water, which greatly helps to fight deterioration over time. Water causes cracks to form in concrete which, eventually lead to the need for repairs. Two other agents of destruction on your driveway are sunlight and air, which a proper sealant can help to fight off. A proper driveway sealing can also repel oil leaks and give an easier to clean surface.
What Is Used to Seal
There are several different sealants on the market which are used for pavement sealing. Which one we use for your driveway, depends on the quality you desire and budget you have. While all types of sealant offer better protection than none at all, there are benefits to the different types. Tar-based sealant is the most effective at repelling natural and chemical elements, but is costly. Asphalt-based sealer is super cost effective, but doesn’t hold up as well is harsher climates and weather conditions. Petroleum-based sealant exists in the middle of these two and is a great option for both protection and budget.
When to Seal
The industry standard “rule” is that you should look in to having your driveway sealed every one to three years. If you can see noticeable discoloration of the stones in your asphalt or small cracks, then it is definitely time to seal it again. Temperature and weather also play a big factor in proper sealing. For the sealant to properly set, it needs to be fifty degrees or higher outside and, because the sealant generally needs to set for up to forty eight hours, it is necessary to seal during dryer months.
Although driveway sealing can be done by yourself, you really should talk to a professional to get it done. Because sealing goes hand in hand with evaluating the condition of your driveway, we believe that your best bet is to let us come and take a look. We can assess your driveway, before the sealant goes on, letting you know if there are any repairs that should be undergone before we seal you up. This is imperative as, if there are cracks or chipping too large for sealant to tackle, you are leaving yourself at risk for future deterioration and troubles.