Sealcoating Your Driveway – Overview

It’s getting to be that time of the year again, time to consider sealcoating your driveway. After the wear and tear from winter weather, your driveway needs some attention. Cracks begin appearing in your asphalt driveway and need repairing. If these cracks are not filled, they will soon widen and deepen allowing water into the base, damaging the load capacity, which can lead to the need for a new driveway. In order to avoid damage like this, a “protective-coating” must be put in place. This is where sealcoating comes into play.

Why sealcoating your driveway is important.

Sealcoating will protect your blacktop driveway from deterioration, and over time, it will save you money. Sealcoating is made from either refined coal tar or asphalt, and serves as a barrier coat, protecting against weather, gas, oil, chemicals and UV rays. Applying a sealcoat to your driveway will make it look more attractive.

The next big question about sealcoating is cost and if it’s going to be beneficial in the long run. By sealcoating your driveway, the life of your driveway will be extended. Proper maintenance is required if you want your asphalt driveway to last. Another advantage of sealcoating your driveway is that your properties value will increase and it will be more pleasing to the eye.

Now is the time to sealcoat your driveway. Most sealing is done from the beginning of March to the end of November. It must be about 50 degrees outside in order for the sealing process to cure correctly.

Dry asphalt is key for the proper curing of the sealant, so be sure rain isn’t in the forecast when deciding to sealcoat your driveway. To keep your driveway looking fresh, sealcoat should be added every 2-3 years and cracks should be filled yearly to help prolong the life of your driveway.

Not sure if your driveway is in need of sealcoating? Contact the paving experts at Hill Country Sealcoat for a free quote.

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