Asphalt driveways are a great way to invest in your property. That beautiful, black sheen creates an even surface that makes approaching your home easy. You may think your investment is over after your driveway has been paved and that your asphalt will last a lifetime. This is simply untrue. The best way to preserve your driveway and maintain your investment is through the application of a sealant. Below are five of the most important reasons you should seal your driveway every one to three years, as required.
- Prevents Damages
Sealing your driveway protects it from the environment and damages from use. Your driveway’s sealant provides a waterproofing barrier that repels your asphalt’s biggest threat: water. It also provides a block that stops the sun’s dangerous UV rays and the oxidation process from over drying your driveway.
- Prolongs Your Driveway’s Lifespan
Because of the level of protection provided by an asphalt sealant, you are investing in the prolonged lifespan of your driveway. Because of the reduced damages and effects of the environment on your driveway, you asphalt may exceed 30 years of use.
- Saves You Money
Driveway repairs can be costly. From small cracks that require localized patching to having to repave due to serious cracks, fixing damages to your driveway are not cheap. Additionally, water that sinks between cracks and penetrates the foundation layer may go undetected for months before it suddenly causes severe damages, like frost heaves or potholes. Because sealant reduces the likelihood of these damages, it saves you money in the end. Sure, sealant costs money. But the damages it prevents cost much more.
- Increases Your Property Value
That beautiful black asphalt driveway enhances your property’s curb appeal. It also increases the actual value of your home. Expert appraisers agree that if you increase the curb appeal of your home, you could likely see a 10% increase in your overall property value.
- Makes Maintenance Easier
When all is said and done, you may wonder if sealing makes maintenance harder. Sure, you need to reapply your sealant every one to three years, depending on the environmental exposer and use. However, other maintenances actually becomes much easier. Sealant fills in most of the pores that naturally occur in asphalt. Because of this, dirt and organic matter has very little it can cling to, thus making cleaning it very easy.