It's getting to be that time of the year again, time to sealcoat your driveway. After the wear and tear from the winter weather, your driveway needs some attention. Cracks begin appearing in your asphalt driveway and need repairing. If these cracks are not filled, they will soon widen and deepen allowing water into the base, damaging the load capacity, which can lead to the need for a new driveway. In order to avoid damage like this, a "protective-coating" must be put in place. This is where sealcoating comes into play.
Sealcoating will protect your blacktop driveway from deterioration, and over time, it will save you money. Sealcoating is made from either refined coal tar or asphalt, and serves as a barrier coat, protecting against weather, gas, oil, chemicals and UV rays. Applying a sealcoat to your driveway will make it look more attractive.
The next big question about sealcoating is cost and if it's going to be beneficial in the long run. By sealcoating your driveway, the life of your driveway will be extended. Proper maintenance is required if you want your asphalt driveway to last. Another advantage of sealcoating your driveway is that your property value will increase and it will be more pleasing to the eye.
Now is the time to sealcoat your asphalt driveway. Most sealing is done from the beginning of April to the end of October. It must be about 50 degrees outside in order for the sealing process to cure correctly.
Dry asphalt is key for the proper curing of the sealant, so be sure rain isn't in the forecast when deciding to sealcoat your driveway. To keep your driveway looking fresh, sealcoat should be added every 2-3 years and cracks should be filled yearly to help prolong the life of your driveway.