If you’re like most homeowners, you probably have no desire to go back to apartment living, and you enjoy the autonomy and independence that comes with having your very own house — but there are moments when it seems like one maintenance concern after another. Sometimes it’s hard to keep all those things in order.

Then, out of the blue, you remember your driveway. This too is an investment. It’s something that you (or at least the previous owners) paid for and invested in. It’s something that can and will eventually break down, and when that happens, you’ll have to put real money into it. You’d rather not, but these are the stakes of owning a home.

When you think about extending the life of your asphalt driveway and maximizing the investment that’s already gone into it, whether that investment was made by you or a previous owner, seal coating is one of the most important things to consider.

Sealcoating 101

In short, sealcoating is a process by which a special protective coating is applied to the surface of the asphalt. There are different types of sealer with different ingredients. For example, there is a sealer with a tar base, which is great to prevent water and chemicals from seeping into the asphalt and causing problems later. There is a sealer with an asphalt base, which many experts say is not very effective. There is also sealer with a petroleum base, which offers a medium degree of protection according to many asphalt installation experts.

Most professionals recommend having your asphalt surfaces sealcoated every year, or once every two years, in order to extend the lifespan, prevent cracks and other damages, and maintain a fresh and new appearance.

But how does sealcoating actually work, and why does it result in these benefits?

In order to understand that, we need to understand that asphalt is susceptible to water, extreme temperature changes, and chemicals that might be applied to the surface during colder months in order to melt ice and snow. Sealcoating minimizes the ability of water and chemicals to penetrate the asphalt and weaken it structurally over time. It also improves the overall strength of your asphalt installation and makes it more resilient during those tough winter months.

So ultimately, the benefits of sealcoating can be summed up in a few words:

  • Long lifespan for your driveway
  • Fewer cracks and structural problems
  • Fresher appearance through the years
  • Lower overall investment in your asphalt driveway

Sealcoating for the budget-conscious homeowner

When you break it all down, periodic sealcoating makes a lot of sense for the budget conscious homeowner. Why? Because it ultimately reduces the amount of cash you’ll have to put into your asphalt surfaces but protecting and preserving them. The cost of a professional sealcoating job is also very moderate, especially when you take the value into consideration. There is one catch, however: Make sure you find a genuine, authentic, and qualified asphalt specialist to handle your sealcoating needs. Hiring a less than reputable company will likely result in wasted time and money.