Your asphalt driveway is an expensive investment. This is especially true if you have just laid a new driveway or have just repaired major damages to one. There has been a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of sealing an asphalt driveway. Below are a few of the things you should consider when debating whether to seal of your driveway or let it go as is.
Sealing your asphalt has several pros worth considering. An asphalt driveway increases the curb appeal of your property. It can also increase the actual value of your home. The sleek, shiny black look asphalt sealant adds can make even an older driveway appear beautiful and new. It also speaks well of your home’s maintenance routine, letting potential buyers or renters know your property is well cared for. However, sealing goes beyond a cosmetic pro. Sealing your driveway actually helps to prevent damages from occurring. A properly maintained driveway should last 30 years or more. Water and the sun can take a toll on your asphalt’s lifespan. UV rays continue to dry out a driveway. While this is great to some extent, it definitely can cause damages over time. Furthermore, water is your driveway’s archenemy. Water causes erosion and rapid deterioration. Sealant, by nature, prevents water from seeping into the pores of your driveway or below it. Water is the primary cause of cracking. Whether it has wedged between the actual stones in your asphalt or created and uneven foundation by welling underneath, water creates fissures. By preventing damages or reducing their impact, sealing your asphalt can help to decrease your overall repair budget and maintenance.
There are a few cons worth considering as well. Above, we note that sealant will reduce your overall maintenance costs. However, there is the investment in the sealant itself. Depending on the sealant you buy, the environment you live in, and how much use your driveway gets, you will need to seal your asphalt every 1 to 3 years. Not only will this affect cost, but it will also affect how much work you need to do to maintain your driveway. (Keep in mind, a few hours of sealing your driveway may seem like a long time. But, when compared to patching or repairing a driveway, it is considerably less than it could be should your driveway crack.)
There are many reasons to consider sealing your asphalt driveway. While the cost of sealant and time spent applying it are cons, the protection sealant provides for your asphalt are worth it in the long run. Protect the integrity of your investment and seal your driveway.