Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure the investment you made in your driveway lasts a long time. While cleaning your driveway and quickly removing any spills that occur is important, sealing your asphalt is top on the list of preventative maintenance.
Sealing your driveway helps prevent your driveway from surface damages that can result from an assortment of things. Driveway sealants are waterproof surface layers that help keep your asphalt looking new and beautiful. UV rays and water are your driveway’s natural enemies. These elements corrode and destroy your asphalt as they penetrate the surface layer and wreak havoc on the materials used and their foundation. Because it is waterproof and it helps to fill pores in your driveway, sealing your asphalt is the best way to prevent nature from destroying your investment. Need more reasons? Check out the list below for more ways sealing your driveway helps prevent damages and protect your asphalt!
- Stain Prevention: Oil, gas and many other liquids can stain your driveway. In addition to this, oil and gas both cause chemical reactions that erode your asphalt’s structure. This can lead to cracking, pitting, or discoloration. Sealing your driveway can prevent this from occurring and make clean up much easier.
- Crack Prevention: Sealing helps to fill small cracks. As stated above, water is your driveway’s nemesis. As water penetrates through cracks, it can cause foundation damage and more. When this water freezes in the cracks of your driveway, it expands and can cause even more cracking. If cracking is allowed to continue, it can turn into what experts call “alligator cracking”. These are cracks that are so numerous that your driveway takes on the appearance of an alligator’s skin. If this occurs, you may be beyond the help of crack patches and seal coating.
- Repaving Prevention: Sealing your driveway is not free. However, it costs substantially less than repaving will. By protecting your driveway with sealant, you help save off costly repairs and repaving situations.
Before sealing your driveway, it is important to give it a deep cleaning. This will remove any dirt and debris and allow your sealant to fully adhere to the asphalt surface. Taking the time to seal your driveway is an important part of maintenance. You should seal your asphalt every 1 to 3 years, depending on use and wear. If the individual stone colors are apparent or water does not bead on the surface, it is time for you to reseal. While it may seem like a burden, this simple task can help prevent damages from occurring. For a driveway to last 30 or more years, seal your asphalt regularly.