Pavement sealing is essential for the care, maintenance, and long life of your driveway. Having sealcoat (or seal coat if you prefer) applied to your pavement helps ensure the best return on your driveway investment. Asphalt used for roads and driveways is designed to be somewhat flexible, which means it’s a porous material, which can absorb anything that touches it. This damage leads to the ugly breakdown, wearing, and driveway cracking that you’ve likely seen at many properties all over WV. Luckily, that damage is simple to prevent with professional sealcoating.
Benefits of Driveway Sealant
Protective sealcoating, when expertly applied, acts as a shielding layer to extend the life of your driveway and help keep it looking great. With the protection of seal coat, you’ll enjoy a neat, smooth and attractive driveway, enhancing the curb appeal of your home well into the future.
Professional driveway sealing protects your asphalt by sealing out:
- Sun damage: UV radiation beating down on new blacktop can fade and damage it over time. Sealcoating helps preserve your driveway’s appearance and reliability for years to come.
- Oil and fluid leaks from vehicles: Fluid drips or leaks from your cars can stain and do great damage by penetrating an unsealed driveway. Sealcoating helps block gasoline, antifreeze, motor oil, or brake fluid absorption and protects your pavement long term.
- Salt: Road salt is abrasive and bad for your driveway surface, but pavement sealing can defend it with a strong, protective coating. Make sure your driveway survives the winter with a fresh seal coat as the perfect defense.
- Water: Water can wear a path in the hardest stone over time. That means your driveway is vulnerable to water damage and ridging. To survive, your driveway relies on protection from a quality seal coat. Rain and snow, or standing water from lawn care and driveway cleaning, can weaken your pavement. Weather-related freezing and thawing can cause or widen cracks in the driveway. Sealcoating helps your driveway stand up to the elements.
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How Often Does a Driveway Need Sealing in WV?
Have your driveway sealed when relatively new, after allowing it to set for 3 months to one year. (Driveway sealant does not correct existing problems, so it’s best to get the sealcoating applied early on.) Safeguard your driveway by scheduling sealcoat re-application at least every 2 or 3 years to prolong the life of your blacktop in our challenging local climate. You’ll save money over time–and avoid having your driveway repaired or re-paved way too soon. Consider this valuable sealcoating service as part of routine home maintenance for your property.
Proper Sealcoat Application is Key to a Beautiful, Long-lasting Driveway Surface
To prevent driveway damage and deterioration, sealcoating specifically protects the binder material in an asphalt driveway. Asphalt is made up of an aggregate containing gravel, rock, and stone. It’s all held together with the binder, asphalt cement, a distilled petroleum product. This sophisticated form of gravel and glue, when heated and mixed together in correct proportions, creates a tough and strong, yet flexible paving material.
Without seal coat protection, asphalt can become stained, brittle, and cracked, with an uneven surface. The damage escalates quickly and can lead to an unsightly, almost unusable, and even dangerous driveway or pavement. Expert sealcoat application starts with a clean driveway, free of debris, and in good repair. At least two coats are typically applied using brush, squeegee and/or spray methods. Professional sealcoating is done quickly, yet carefully and completely, to fully protect the driveway. Curing time is needed between coats and before the driveway can be used.
Don’t let your driveway become unsightly, stained, dried out, and cracked, with a bumpy, rough surface. Make sure it’s beautiful, resilient, safe and slip-resistant with proper sealing. It’s easy to keep your driveway in top condition and prolong its life with our driveway sealing service.