If you’re a homeowner who has a driveway with asphalt paving, you might not realize you need seal coating — or think that fall is too late to have sealcoating done. Although seal coating in autumn has its challenges, it’s a much better alternative to asphalt repair or paving replacement later on. If you’re still unsure, here are four good reasons to get your seal coating in before winter hits:
Sealcoating your driveway is a solid investment, as it can prevent costly repairs down the road. If asphalt paving is left untreated, it will need total replacement much more frequently — which can be a huge expense and can disrupt your life. Sealing takes much less time and will save you money in the long run.
- Protects against winter weather
The biggest reason to seal coat your driveway? It creates a protective barrier against the cold. The frequent freeze-thaw patterns of wintertime can wreak havoc on unprotected driveways. Asphalt paving can easily crack, due to the cycle of expansion and contraction, but sealcoating will prevent these cracks from forming. It will also keep water from entering any existing cracks, which can stop further damage from occurring.
- Extends pavement life
When sealcoating prevents weather-related problems like cold weather and harsh UV damage, your driveway will last for a much longer period of time. Seal coating allows for a smoother, crack-free driveway, and because smoother pavements extend pavement life by as much as 10% – 25%, you won’t have to worry about replacement or repairs for a much longer period of time. Whether you’re planning on staying in your home for the foreseeable future or are looking to put your house on the market, any time you can extend the life of a major house feature is a coup for homeowners. Plus, having a smooth, beautiful driveway will add value to your home.
- Perfect time of year
It’s best to seal your driveway in the fall or the spring, because the temperatures tend to be more moderate. In order to put seal coating on, the outside temperatures need to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the weather needs to be free of heavy rain for 24 hours. When the changing leaves are still on the trees in early fall, it’s ideal weather for seal coating your driveway. Plus, sealing in fall gives you the best chance of protection for harsh winter weather.
If you want to protect your asphalt paving this winter, be sure to seal coat this fall. Contact us today to find out more!