Asphalt Driveway Durability: Why You Should Opt For A Sealcoating

23 December 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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Have you thought about getting an asphalt driveway and don't want to deal with a lot of repairs after it is constructed? The best thing for you to do is to make sure that the contractors sealcoat the surface to prevent damages from occurring too soon. Discover below how sealcoating asphalt can keep your driveway more durable so you can save money on untimely repairs.

How Does Sealcoating Prevent Untimely Damage to Asphalt?

You must understand that it is natural for the surface of an asphalt driveway to soften up after a lot of sun exposure. By getting the surface of the driveway treated with a sealcoating, you will make it firm enough to handle the heat produced from ultraviolet rays. The sealcoating will be beneficial during hot days because you will be able to park on your driveway without the gravels of asphalt becoming misplaced, which creates untimely cracks. The sealcoating will also create a firm barrier that can prevent the surface from flattening up when you park on the driveway on hot days. Even the duration of time in which normal wear and tear occurs will be prolonged with a sealcoating in place.

Another way that a sealcoating can keep the asphalt surface of your driveway durable is by making it sleek. The benefit of having a sleek surface is the protection that it will create on rainy days. Rather than rainwater seeping into the asphalt surface, it will sit on top of it. The reason you don't want water seeping into asphalt is because it can lead to untimely cracks developing on a freezing day. For instance, the water beneath the surface can cause the asphalt to expand when it freezes up and thaws out.

What Will Be Placed on the Asphalt Driveway to Keep it Durable?

The contractors can place an acrylic or epoxy-based sealant on the asphalt surface to protect it. An epoxy-based sealant is the most ideal because it is not as soft as acrylic. An acrylic-based sealcoating will add durability, but it will have to be reapplied sooner than an epoxy-based sealant because the softness of it. The good thing about an acrylic sealant is that it will remain clear to keep the surface beautiful. No matter which type of sealant is used on the surface, it is better than getting a driveway constructed without it. Keep your asphalt driveway durable and invest in a sealcoating if you decide to get one constructed!