Every homeowner needs to know the sealcoat schedule of their asphalt driveways. As a general rule, asphalt driveways require sealcoating about 90 days after the installation and every 3 years to maintain protection and durability. However, if you find cracks or other issues in your asphalt driveway, you may want to schedule sealing right away to prevent further damage.
Here are the signs sealcoating is needed for your asphalt paving.
Even the tiniest crack in your pavement or driveway may require repairs. If there are cracks on the surface, water can drip down through the asphalt and cause more extensive damage. In the winter, the water may freeze, causing the pavement to expand. More cracks will appear and worsen water damage. Over time, potholes may also form, especially if the cracks aren’t addressed immediately. To prevent these problems, a paving contractor will fill them in before sealing.
Oil spills may degrade the asphalt surface of your asphalt driveway. These substances can cause wear on top of the pavement and increase the risk of water penetrating the lower layers. While you can try to remove the stains with a pressure washer, an asphalt paving expert recommends sealing it to repair any possible damage.
Faded Asphalt Color
As with oil spills, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can also cause damage to your asphalt driveway. The UV rays can wear down the protective coating of your driveway and leave the asphalt looking gray or ashen. Not only will this affect the curb appeal of your home, but discoloration also means that your protective coating is not effective anymore. To restore its appearance and function, you need to have a professional sealcoat.
The Benefits of Sealcoating
A sealcoat provides a protective layer for the outer surfaces of your concrete paving or driveway to make it less porous and look new and appealing. Once applied, it makes cleaning easier because debris won’t get into the tiny holes or cracks on your concrete. The sealcoat also gives asphalt paving its strength and durability, which means you don’t have to worry about cleaning your driveway with pressurized water or a cleaning solution.
Local homeowners and commercial property owners in Southwest Florida continue to turn to Bonness for top-notch asphalt paving services. To learn more about what we can do for you, give us a call at (239) 597-6221. You may also fill out our online contact form to set an appointment.