If you have an asphalt driveway, you should consider having it sealcoated this fall before winter hits. Sealcoat is a process that applies a protective layer to the top of your asphalt driveway. Sealcoating your driveway is a great way to fill in small cracks in your driveway and it provides your driveway with an extra layer of protection against wear from chemicals and salt.
#1 Fill in Cracks
One of the biggest benefits of sealcoating your driveway is this thin, protective layer will seal into any cracks you have in your driveway. All small surface cracks on your driveway will be filled in so that water can't get into them over the winter and expand the size of the crack.
If you have larger cracks, the paving contractors that you hire can fill them in with hot asphalt before sealcoating. By sealcoating your driveway, you can get rid of all the cracks in your asphalt. Cracks can really compromise the integrity of your driveway. Water can get into cracks, especially in the wintertime. When that water freezes, it expands, and can cause cracks in your asphalt driveway to expand as well.
#2 Extra Protection
Another benefit of sealcoating your driveway is that the coating protects the top layer of your driveway from wearing down. A host of elements can cause the top layers of your driveway to wear down and deteriorate. Leaking oil, antifreeze and other fluids from vehicles can wear away the top coat of your driveway. Salt and other chemicals you put on your driveway to help melt the ice and snow in the winter can cause your driveway deteriorate.
Sealcoating adds a protective layer to driveway. Instead of the top layer of your driveway to deteriorating due to wear, the sealcoating will instead.
#3 Curb Appeal
Finally, sealcoating your driveway will increase the curb appeal of your home. When you sealcoat your driveway, it provides a nice, fresh black layer to your asphalt driveway. This layer generally has a nice sheen to it and will make your driveway look and feel like new, even if your asphalt driveway is years old. A driveway that looks brand new will make your home look nicer and newer.
This fall, contact your local paving contractor and have them come out and sealcoat your driveway. This is a great way to fill in cracks in your cement, adds an extra layer of protection to your driveway and will help improve the overall look and curb appeal of your home.