When was the last time a homeowner actually wanted a longer list of things to worry about? Generally speaking, we homeowners are constantly looking for ways to shrink our list of things to do. Owning and maintaining a property is no joke, and there are literally thousands of details to keep in mind. When something breaks or needs repairing, people often have to dip into their savings in order to cover the cost. This is never an ideal situation, even if it is necessary at times.
That’s why the argument for good preventative maintenance is so strong. It’s easy enough to wait for something to go wrong and address the problem then, but let’s face it – things tend to get worse over time, whether it’s a mold problem in the basement or cracks in the asphalt driveway. The longer you leave it, the worse it gets.
In fact, this is especially true with asphalt. People often assume that one driveway is as good as the next, and that it doesn’t really matter which company you hire – but this is not the case. When the installation isn’t done correctly (not just on the surface, but on the sub-surface levels), you’ll start to see cracks and warped areas much more quickly.
But there’s another factor in the longevity and performance of your driveway: Sealcoating. This is a simple procedure to protect the surface of the asphalt and make it less permeable. Why is this important? Because asphalt is naturally a porous substance, and that means water can (and does) enter through the surface eventually. This will ultimately serve to break down the integrity of the asphalt over time, especially if there are freeze and thaw cycles where you live. Water that enters through the surface of the asphalt, and then freezes, will eventually cause cracks and other damages to form and expand.
If you have an asphalt driveway, you might find yourself wondering if professional sealcoating is really necessary. The answer is yes – if you want your driveway to last as long as it can, and look great year after year.
The reality is, once those pesky problems start to develop, they can be difficult to repair – your driveway may never be the same. In order to keep it new and fully functional, sealcoating is one of the best things you can do. Aside from cleaning, this is really the only period maintenance your asphalt driveway will require. Most professionals recommend sealcoating once every two years – although some homeowners have a fresh coat of sealant applied every year, in order to make double sure.
Who should you turn to for asphalt sealcoating? Your first choice might be the company who installed the asphalt. Sometimes they’ll provide this service for free, as a part of their warranty, or at a very low rate. Given the affordable cost of sealcoating, and the strong structural protection it offers, it’s not a difficult decision for many homeowners. Of course it’s possible to roll the dice and skip sealcoating – but you might find this strategy to be a lot more trouble than it’s worth!