Sealcoating Keeps Your Asphalt Driveway In Better Shape

When it comes to options for your driveway, there are few choices that offer as many benefits as asphalt. While a good choice by itself, there are still things you can do to only further extend the benefits of an asphalt driveway. One of these options is sealcoating. Sealcoating your driveway protects your investment and helps you maintain your home's curb appeal:

What is Sealcoating?

In the simplest of terms, sealcoating is a protective agent. Although asphalt is durable enough to withstand the elements like rain and snow, overtime it can begin to sustain damage. When an excessive amount of moisture seeps into an asphalt surface, this increases the chance of cracks forming along the surface.

The danger with cracks is that a single crack will increase the risk of another crack forming, so preventing them is important. Sealcoating is designed to create a waterproof barrier over the top of your asphalt. This barrier helps drastically reduce the amount of water, be it from snow or rain that is able to seep into the asphalt.  

Benefits

While preventing the risk of cracks serve as the primary benefit of sealcoating, it affords a number of additional benefits.

Easier to maintain. Sealcoating can actually help you maintain your driveway easier. After installation, this service makes your asphalt a smooth and level surface. If you've ever tried to sweep or remove snow from a driveway that is uneven or has dips in it, you know that it can sometimes be difficult. When it comes to performing these tasks on a driveway with sealcoating, the smooth surface will make it easier to complete these jobs.

Prevent sun damage. One of the greatest drawbacks of an asphalt driveway is the risk of sun damage. Asphalt primarily consists of sand and rock that is glue together. The intense rays from the sun begin to breakdown the glue that holds the asphalt together, causing it to gradually separate into small pieces. This makes your driveway rigid. This type of appearance doesn't just look bad, but it also increases the risk of damage to your tires. Sealcoating helps minimize UV radiation, preserving your driveway.

When it comes to protecting your home, it's important that you put forth just as much effort protecting the exterior surfaces as you do the interior surfaces. An asphalt contractor can help you accomplish this. With sealcoating you will have a driveway that not only looks better, but also lasts longer.

To learn more, contact a company like Armour Pavement Inc. with any questions you have.

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