Your mom walked ten miles in the blizzard of 1940 just to get to Sunday school. Dirt and gravel driveways were commonplace back then. Intricate paver designs or slab concrete blocks made were highly sought after as well. The idea of protecting your driveway from the sun and rain may seem strange to your mom. Below are a few points you can make to help your mother understand the value of sealing an asphalt driveway.
Increase Your Home’s Value
Your mom understands the value of presentation. From the pearl earrings to the spotless home, she has seen the evolution of presentation and the role it plays. A beautiful, well-maintained driveway is just as important to the presentation of your home as the pristine china on display in the dining room. Not only does a sealed driveway appear new and cared for, but also it actually increases the overall value of your home should you decide to sell it.
Protect Your Driveway from the Elements
Sealing does more than just increase your home’s value. Your mom put sunscreen on you every time you went outside to play in the sun. She made sure you knew the importance of a coat on every windy or cold day too. The same with raincoats and boots! A driveway sealer is both the sunscreen and raincoat for your asphalt. The sun dries out your driveway; its UV rays cause corrosion. When this occurs, your asphalt becomes brittle and is prone to cracking under the weight of vehicles. Water is actually the biggest degrader when it comes to your driveway. Preventing water from seeping into the crevices between the stones that make up your asphalt goes a long way in preventing cracks as well. This is particularly true when it comes to freezing water. Sealing your asphalt before the winter arrives will help keep water from freezing inside or below your driveway. As water freezes, it expands. This can cause cracking and unevenness in your driveway.
Protect You Investment
Your mom understands that protecting an investment is vital. She remembers when a Coke was just $0.10 after all and still has the original fine china she received on her wedding day. (And don’t you dare touch it!) Sealing your driveway helps prolong its lifespan. Because it prevents water and UV damage, asphalt sealers can ensure your driveway lasts 30 years or more. Whether you paid to install it or it was included in the cost of your home purchase, your driveway did not come cheap. Sealing it ensures you not only get your money’s worth out of it, but also a return investment when it comes time to sell.