Do you have an asphalt driveway, walkway, or parking lot? When new, asphalt is striking with its deep black color and smooth surface. But how do you keep it that way?
You’ve seen the way asphalt fades to gray and develops cracks and bumps over time. This natural deterioration can be avoided with regular asphalt sealcoating.
What is Asphalt Sealcoating?
Sealcoating for asphalt is a layer of protective liquid that is applied to asphalt. Once it dries it forms a film over your asphalt that seals it from damage. Sealant is made out of different materials depending on which type is used. It is usually made out of coal tar and other chemicals that form an impenetrable barrier.
What Does Asphalt Sealcoating Do?
The sealcoat, once it fully dries, prevents moisture from seeping into the asphalt and protects against other effects of weather. It also prevents tire tracks and chemical damage from frequent vehicle traffic. Asphalt is less likely to crack after a sealcoat is applied, because it helps to keep the asphalt from becoming dry and brittle. One of the benefits of asphalt is that it is naturally flexible, and sealant helps it stay that way.
How Often Should You Apply Sealcoat To Your Asphalt?
It is recommended that you seal your asphalt every 1-3 years. If you notice that your asphalt is starting to crack or fade, this is an indication that sealing is already necessary. Being proactive and sealing your driveway before this happens is better than waiting until you see the signs of damage. If you wait too long, it can mean that your asphalt needs to be repaired or repaved and a sealcoat is not enough to save it.
What Happens if You Don’t Sealcoat Your Asphalt Often Enough?
If you don’t seal your asphalt regularly, it can become damaged and require repaving. Sealcoating your asphalt is a much lower cost project than a complete repaving job. Prevention is always best when it comes to any aspect of maintenance, because it saves you money.
Can You Seal Asphalt Yourself or Should You Hire a Professional?
It is possible to apply sealant yourself, but there are many things to consider. Sealcoating requires specialized tools, preparation of the surface, and specific technique. If you don’t have experience, you should hire a professional to seal your asphalt. Rather than purchase tools and run the risk of making mistakes that will negatively affect the condition of your asphalt, hiring a professional ensures it is done right.
Benefits of Maintaining Your Asphalt with Sealcoating
Keeping your asphalt looking nice offers many benefits, including:
- Curb appeal. A smooth, black asphalt driveway makes your home look manicured and inviting when people approach your home. A well maintained asphalt parking lot can help your business look more professional. Regular sealcoating keeps your asphalt looking good.
- Property value. Well maintained asphalt is especially enticing to potential buyers if you ever attempt to sell your home or business. Any property is worth more when the asphalt driveway or parking lot is already in good condition and won’t require any repairs.
- Weather protection. Snow and ice melt off and rain runs off of asphalt when it is sealed. Spend less time shoveling or plowing your driveway in winter weather. Sealcoating also helps prevent damage from shovels and plows when you do need to remove snow.
Sealcoating By the Experts at Topwest Asphalt
Hiring professionals to sealcoat your asphalt ensures that the job is done properly and the results will last longer. Topwest Asphalt provides sealcoating services to help keep your driveway or parking lot looking smooth and crack-free. We know how to prepare your asphalt for sealing, patch cracks, apply sealant with the proper technique, and reapply if necessary. You can rest assured your asphalt will be well protected with the help of Topwest Asphalt.
Call (604) 857-3126 or contact us today to schedule service. We look forward to helping you preserve your asphalt to protect your investment.