A typical asphalt driveway can last anywhere between 10-30 years. However, a regular application of seal coating can extend the life of your asphalt for decades beyond that. Seal coating every 2-4 years will save you money in the long run and prevent a costly excavation and re-pave.
Did you know that seal coating your driveway or parking lot can extend the life of your asphalt for decades?
If you have an asphalt driveway or parking lot at your home or business, you should consider seal coating. There are many benefits to the seal coating process. Some benefits you can notice immediately, like the clean and nice appearance of a freshly sealed surface. Here are some of the benefits of seal coating.
Saves you money
If you still have not decided whether or not to seal coat your asphalt, you should consider the potential cost savings of the seal coating process. Correctly seal coated asphalt will significantly reduce the chance of cracking and breaking in the future. It will prevent you from having to replace or repair damaged asphalt; a process that is much more time consuming and expensive. The cost to have your asphalt sealed is typically pennies per square foot whereas to repair or replace your asphalt can cost you thousands.
Sealing your driveway or parking lot creates a protective shield that helps to prevent harmful chemicals such as oil and gasoline from damaging your asphalt. Even water, when allowed to seep down threw small cracks, can cause serious damage and can potentially lead to potholes and cracking. The coating is non-porous, so it prevents these fluids from seeping into lower levels of your asphalt.
Seal coating instantly improves the appearance of your asphalt. The black color looks fresh and new and makes line striping such as parking spaces and other road paints more visible.
Not only does it provide instant improvement on appearance, but it also keeps the asphalt looking great longer. When applied correctly it allows rain to naturally wash dirt and debris away.
Cracking in pavement occurs when stress is built up in a surface layer that exceeds the strength of the pavement causing a fissure or crack to open. The main objective for crack filling is to make the asphalt water tight. When water begins to get into the base of your asphalt you will often experience rapid deterioration. The additional moisture leads to erosion and pothole development and, worse yet, severe movement due to freezing and thawing in the winter. The freeze/thaw cycle and erosion will cause any cracking you already have to multiply exponentially unless the cracks are sealed before winter.