Seal coating improves the appearance of asphalt and reduces the risk of cracks. It is not absolutely necessary, but it is advisable. Before you decide to have your driveway sealed, there are a few things you should know about the process and the reasons for doing it, along with some aspects to discuss with your paving contractor.
Time and weather are the primary cause of cracks, especially in driveways that aren’t sealed. When moisture seeps through asphalt, it forms pools underneath, which lead to cracking, particularly when that moisture repeatedly thaws and freezes. Sealing will close the pores off, so that water can’t penetrate.
Sealant also makes it easier to clean oil and other vehicle fluids off your driveway because the liquids are not able to seep into the pores.
Some people take on this as a DIY project, but since your driveway is a huge investment, you’ll want to make sure it’s done correctly to prevent further damage to the asphalt. When you hire a contractor for the job, ask the following questions:
- What type of chemicals do you use?
- Do you thin the sealant out? (Some contractors do it to save money.)
- How do you spread the sealant?
- Before applying the sealant, will you fix any cracks?
- When can you start the job? (Temperature is an important factor.)
For coverage you can count on, contact us at AAA Top Quality Asphalt. We offer multifaceted, turnkey, self-contained solutions for homeowners, general contractors, municipalities, property owners and developers in Lakeland, Florida, and surrounding areas.