Your driveway creates an entry path to your home. It is the first thing people see when they approach your house. Paved driveways are particularly beautiful enhancements for your property. They are also fairly easy to maintain. They are, however, an investment. The cost to install a paved driveway is a big one. Sealing your driveway will protect that investment. Below are three things you may not know about sealing your driveway.
- Increases Property Value:
A beautiful, well-maintained driveway increases your curb appeal. However, did you know it also increases your actual property value? Return on investment (ROI) is a term used to describe the profit (or loss) percentage created by an investment. Paving your driveway and maintaining it earns you a 50% to 75% ROI. Applying a seal coating to your driveway not only helps prevent stains and reduce maintenance. Seal coating helps to protect your driveway from damages caused by weather, water and UV rays. This means, whether you are looking to sell your home now or in 20 years, your driveway will remain beautiful, functional and well preserved.
- The Weather Plays a Role:
Before you seal your driveway, check out the forecast. At a minimum, it should be 50 degrees outside before sealing your driveway. Most experts recommend at least 55 degrees for asphalt driveways. You can resume normal use of your driveway within 24 to 48 hours. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for specific usage timelines. Rain, snow or ice should not be expected for at least 48 hours after sealing your driveway as well. (Be sure to move any sprinklers that might spray water onto your freshly sealed driveway!)
- Water is Your Driveway’s Enemy:
Water is the most damaging element when it comes to your driveway. Driveways are porous. When water gets into these areas, it can wreak havoc. When it is warm out, water seeps through these pores and into the gravel below. It can create dimples in your driveway as the gravel foundation becomes unstable with sitting water. It can also accelerate the growth of weeds. When it is cold out, water that seeps into the driveway can cause even more damages. Freezing water expands as it turns into ice. This can create cracks in your driveway that are costly to repair. The more water that seeps in, the more cracking you get. Sealing helps to fill the pores in your driveway. It also helps to protect it from water damages and UV rays.