Repairs on an extensively damaged asphalt driveway can be pretty pricey. Luckily, you can evade such unwanted expenses with regular maintenance of your driveway. Asphalt seal coating is a simple and cost-effective maintenance solution that extends the life of your driveway.
The process involves laying a specialized asphalt sealer on your driveway to protect the driveway against damaging elements. Seal coating not only preserves the asphalt driveway’s integrity but also boosts its visual appearance.
Ideally, you should apply a seal coat every two to three years, depending on your drainage and traffic. Read on to discover the six benefits of asphalt seal coating for driveways.
1. Saves You Money
Without seal coating, your parking lot is exposed to elements that cause potholes and cracks. If you don’t address such issues soon enough, you will incur high repair costs or require a new asphalt pavement altogether. Seal coating prevents damage to your parking lot and saves you high repair costs down the road.
With seal coating, rain easily washes away dirt, and sweeping the pavement is a breeze. If professionals usually clean your asphalt, seal coating reduces the cleaning frequency, which saves you time and money.
2. Lengthens the Asphalt Pavement’s Life
Rain and snow, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, gas, and vehicle fluids cause asphalt deterioration over time. Water degrades the pavement, and hot weather causes the asphalt pavement to become dry and brittle. A seal coat blocks out all the harmful elements and minimizes wear and tear. The result is reduced repair frequency, which ultimately adds to the pavement’s life.
Additionally, since seal coating fills small cracks, chemicals will not leak beneath your asphalt pavement and cause damage. Put simply, asphalt serves you for many years if you properly maintain it.
3. Boosts Asphalt Appearance
A seal coat covers small cracks and prevents them from developing into larger cracks. After application, a seal coat’s dark color gives the asphalt parking lot a glossy look. This feature makes a seal coat perfect for restoring a worn-down asphalt pavement after winter.
However, you must understand that seal coating doesn’t seal large cracks, so you must repair big cracks before applying the seal coat. Asphalt seal coating is only suitable for small cracks, rough spots, and patches.
4. Eliminates Safety Concerns
If the asphalt pavement is full of chips and cracks, you can easily slip or trip, especially when rain or snow is present. Large potholes spell doom for vehicle tires and wheel alignment issues. Asphalt seal coating eliminates these problems, which demonstrates to your tenants that you have their safety and security in mind.
5. Protects Against Water Damage
Asphalt seal coating is particularly vital in areas that experience freezing weather. The water that seeps into the small cracks expands and contracts and causes enlarged cracks that become major potholes on the driveway. A seal coat seals the little cracks and blocks water entry, which saves you a lot in driveway repair costs.
6. Enhances Curb Appeal
A well-done asphalt pavement creates a perfect first impression. Of course, you would like your property to appeal to your tenants, clients, and guests as well. Unfortunately, with constant erosion and exposure to elements, an asphalt pavement fades and loses its good looks.
A seal coat application gives your pavement a crisp, dark finish and looks much better than the old asphalt surface. The new coat of sealant dramatically enhances a property’s curb appeal, which is particularly crucial if you are preparing to sell your home.
Keep your asphalt driveway functional and attractive with regular seal coating. Contact JR Paving & Construction Co., Inc. for a free estimate on our seal coating services. We have the tools to do the job correctly and quickly.