If you have an asphalt driveway then you are going to want to protect it and help make it last as long as possible without having to be repaved.
The best way to do this is by having your driveway professionally seal-coated in the summer months, preferably just before the fall and winter months. We are going to explain what the seal coating is, how it works, and why you should do this every other year during July or August.
What Is Sealcoating?
- You may not know this but some elements like water, oil, and the sun’s UV rays can rapidly diminish the life of your asphalt driveway. Pavement sealing, which is often called sealcoating, is a process where a protective coating is applied to your existing asphalt driveway. This will give your driveway life, making it look newer, and extending the life of your asphalt driveway.
How Often Should I Sealcoat & What Time Of Year?
- How often you sealcoat is recommended every other year, or once every two years. It can depend on how much your driveway is used, and if any oils or chemicals were spilled on it, how heavy the vehicles on your driveway are, and the exposure it has to the elements. Another recommendation is to schedule your sealcoating during the summer months of July or August as these are typically the hottest months of the year and will help the sealcoat drive faster which will get you back on your driveway faster.
I Do Not Know The Last Time I Seal-coated, How Do I Know It Is Time?
- If you are responsible for an asphalt driveway and are unsure of the last time that it was seal-coated, then you should check to see if you could use a sealcoating. For example, surface deterioration is the leading sign that you apply a sealcoating soon. Check for color changing from black to gray which is another sign that you may need a fresh sealcoat.
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