3 Reasons Why You Should Seal Your Driveway

Posted on: 5 October 2015

Sealing your driveway might seem like a chore that's not worth the work. Many people aren't aware of the extensive benefits a good seal coat job offers, and instead leave their driveway to the mercy of the elements. But your driveway is more important than you might think - after all, it's the very first thing people see when they pull up to your house. So check out the three reasons below why you shouldn't hesitate to contact your local contractor and have your driveway sealed today.

Retaining Color

Sure, the color of your driveway is only an aesthetic concern. But you can improve the overall appearance of your property (and thus increase its value) if you pay some attention to the appearance of your driveway. Applying a seal coat ensures that the original color of your driveway never fades because of exposure to the hot summer sun - which means that a pitch black asphalt driveway will remain so for years to come. 

Making Cleanups Easier

One thing people often fail to consider when thinking about a seal coat job is how much time it will save them in the future. Sealing your driveway actually makes cleaning up small oil spills much quicker and easier, because it fills up the microscopic pores in the paving material and thus blocks the oil from entering and permanently settling. When the oil remains on the surface, it's easier to clean and will never produce the ugly stains that so commonly mar non-sealed driveways.

Preventing Cracks

Heat and oil spills are two threats to a driveway, but perhaps the biggest one is severe winter cold. The constant penetration of water particles into the pores of a non-sealed driveway - whether asphalt or concrete - mean that when those particles freeze, they expand and cause the paving material to crack. Over time, this can cause irreparable damage and mean having to replace your entire driveway. Fortunately, a quality seal coat job that is applied every few years means that your driveway will be immune to the cracks that plague non-sealed driveways in the colder parts of the country. It also means extending the lifespan of your driveway, as its structural integrity is maintained for far longer than it otherwise would be without the application of sealant. 

If you're interested in keeping your driveway looking like new, contact a trusted contractor today to discover the options available to you. To learn more, speak with someone like Pave-Core Paving Inc.