Temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing color, and autumn is finally here. That means it’s time to turn on the thermostat, order the pumpkin spice latte, and apply a sealcoat layer to your driveway before winter hits.
What is sealcoating? In order to prevent damage from rain, snow, vehicle fluid and UV rays, a thin layer of sealcoat is added to your driveway, helping to keep your asphalt functional and attractive. If you’re not sure this is the right time, here are four reasons you should absolutely invest in sealcoating your driveway this season.
Avoid the Freeze and Thaw Cycle
Most homeowners are familiar with the tell-tale cracks that can appear in asphalt after a long winter–the result of water continually entering the driveway through small fissures, only to freeze and expand, damaging the surface. Once the ice thaws out, even larger cracks allow more water to enter, creating a cycle of deterioration. Sealcoating creates a barrier between asphalt and water, smoothing over existing cracks and minimizing the ability of water to penetrate and settle.
Before applying a sealcoating layer, your driveway will be carefully cleared of dirt and debris. Over time, your driveway begins to show signs of aging thanks to the result of UV rays and oxidation. Sealcoating restores the dark, fresh appearance to asphalt while covering small cracks and signs of everyday wear. Afterward, the smooth, non-porous surface is easier to maintain, allowing rain to quickly and easily wash off all the dirt and particulates.
Saving Money in the Long Run
Just look to the bottom line: investing in a sealcoat layer now will help save you money in the long run. If your driveway sustains enough wear and damage, you may need to replace it completely–an installation you can expect to cost thousands of dollars. Sealcoating your driveway is a fraction of the price, allowing you to extend the lifetime of your driveway and avoid long-term, expensive repair costs.
It’s the Right Time of Year
Did you know that autumn is an ideal time of year to seal your driveway thanks to less rainfall and optimal temperatures? Wait too long, and the ground becomes too cold for the sealcoating to set properly–experts recommend temperatures of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit during the application process, coupled with dry weather.
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This post was written by bwm