If you already have an asphalt driveway, it is important to know how to take care of your asphalt driveway. Your asphalt driveway will last longer if you get it sealcoated every two to three years. When you sealcoat your driveway, you are adding a new protective layer on top of your existing driveway. The process of sealcoating your driveway offers numerous benefits.
Important Benefit #1: Protection from Water Damage
One of the biggest threats to your driveway is water. When you have cracks in your driveway, water gets into those cracks. As the water settles into the cracks in your driveway and it gets cold outside, the water freezes. As the water freezes, it expands. When the water expands, it forces the cracks to widen and the damage to get worse. This process can happen hundreds of times throughout the late fall, winter, and early spring months when it is really cold outside and there is a lot of precipitation.
When you sealcoat your driveway, you also seal up all of the little cracks on the surface of the driveway. By sealing up the cracks, you get rid of the opportunity for water to seep into your driveway and damaging it.
Important Benefit #2: Longer Lasting Driveway
Second, when you sealcoat your driveway every couple of years, you will expand the lifetime of your driveway. When you sealcoat your driveway, you are adding an extra layer of protection to your driveway. You are adding another layer and essentially making it harder for the core layers of your driveway to erode away. Regular sealcoating will save you from having to replace your driveway for many years. Without sealcoating, you will have to replace your driveway much sooner.
Important Benefit #3: Better Looking Driveway
Finally, when you sealcoat your driveway, you will have a better-looking driveway. When you sealcoat your driveway, it will look like you just laid down a new asphalt driveway. Your driveway will have a deep, dark rich color to it. Sealcoating your driveway will give you the benefits and appearance of a new driveway without the cost. Sealcoating will also make your home and front yard look better as well.
The best way to take care of your driveway is by sealcoating your driveway every two to three years. Sealcoating your driveway will protect your driveway from water damage and will extend the usable life of your driveway. Sealcoating your driveway will also make your driveway look better, and increase the overall curb appeal of your home.
For more information about asphalt, contact a company like Arrow Blacktop & Masonry Inc.