Your asphalt driveway is the gateway to your home. It is often the first impression visitors will have as they approach your home. A smooth, well-maintained asphalt driveway not only increases curb appeal; it increases the overall value of your entire property. Whether you have a new driveway or an old one, sealing your asphalt has some major benefits you might want to consider. Below, we take a look at the three biggest reasons you should seal your driveway.
- Seal for Prevention
Sealing your driveway helps to prevent organic growth and infestation. Asphalt is a porous material. The little nooks and crannies that make up the surface of your driveway can harbor dirt. More than that, however, they can also hold water. Water is your driveway’s number one enemy. When it is cold, water freezes and expands. If water is allowed to permeate through the surface of your driveway, this will lead to cracking. Sealing your driveway is the best way to prevent water damages from occurring. Furthermore, once your driveway cracks, weeds and bugs tend to move in. Both can erode the foundation your driveway sits on and lead to much more expensive issues.
- Seal for Preservation
That beautiful shiny black color represents the health of your driveway. As you use it and the elements beat down upon it, your driveway’s surface will begin to show wear. It is also more likely to stain without a protective layer or be damaged by caustic chemicals. Sealing your asphalt not only restores that beautiful black shine, it helps preserve the integrity of your driveway and repel damage-causing liquids.
- Seal for Protection
When you seal your driveway, you give it a brand new coat of armor. As pointed out before, sealant is waterproof and, therefore, protects your driveway from water before it can erode your asphalt. But did you know that UV rays and oxygen are also damaging? Both actually dry out and corrode your driveway’s surface. While it lasts longer than that sunscreen you apply before hitting the beach, sealant significantly decreases the effects of the sun and air on your driveway.
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Your driveway should be sealed every one to three year, depending on use and the environment it is exposed to. If you can make out the individual colors of the stones on the surface of your asphalt, it is time to seal. Applying a coat of sealant can help ensure you get at least 30 years’ worth of use out of your asphalt driveway with minimal damages and at a relatively low cost.