Your driveway is constantly under attack. From two-ton vehicles to the elements of nature, your driveway has a lot it needs to stand up to. Sealing your driveway, whether it is asphalt, paver or concrete, is the absolute best way to ensure it lasts for many years to come.
Sealing your driveway is your primary means of protection against several damaging elements.
- UV Protection: Sealant is your driveway’s sunscreen. UV rays may not give your driveway a sunburn, but they do cause damage. Oxidation, one of the fastest driveway degraders, is caused by invisible UV rays. Sealcoating can prevent this from happening and stop the corrosive nature of the sun.
- Weather Protection: Your driveway’s sealant is a waterproof barrier that keeps your asphalt safe from its number one enemy: liquid. Water that sits on the surface of an unprotected driveway erode the top layer. Water that seeps below the surface is even worse. During the warmer seasons, water that reaches the foundation of your driveway can wash away vital parts and cause instability. When water freezes beneath the surface during the colder seasons, it creates even more problems, such as frost heaves. As water freezes, it expands, forcing cracks to widen and patches of your foundation to become uneven. As it thaws, it can create indentations in your driveway from deep below the surface. Because it is waterproof, sealing your driveway can also help repel stains from oil and gasoline, which are both corrosive in nature as well.
- Contaminant Protection: Dirt and organic matter can escalate driveway damages. When water or oxidation has led to cracking, plants may sprout up between the gaps. These plants not only continue to cause your asphalt to separate, but their root systems destabilize your driveway’s foundation layer. This, in turn, leads to even more cracking there and elsewhere on your driveway.
Sealing your asphalt does not only decrease the negative aspects of driveway ownership, but it also increases the positives.
- Durability: Driveway sealant is a dark, flexible material. You may not know this but part of your asphalt’s lifespan is tied directly to its flexibility. Your driveway’s ability to flex under any loads is what prevents cracking and allows it to adapt to the wear and tear of everyday use.
- Cost-Effectivity: Sealing your driveway helps prevent more serious future expenses. Repairing and repaving driveways become more likely expenses when your driveway is simply left to handle any weather and use.