Why Should You Be Sealcoating Your Driveway?
The video “The Importance of Sealcoating a Driveway” by the sealcoating company Asphalt Kingdom justifies sealcoating your driveway for financial, functional, and beautification reasons. Sealcoating an asphalt driveway makes economic sense because driveways are expensive, while sealcoating costs far less, so extending the asset’s life by sealcoating is a no-brainer.
Ultimately, sealcoating is necessary because asphalt driveways do not last forever. Driveways begin falling apart because the sun’s rays strike the asphalt day after day, eventually burning out the asphalt’s flexible elements, such as oil tar and bitumen.
Over time, this bleaching process makes the asphalt brittle, so it begins breaking apart. Sealcoating helps bind together the brittle asphalt and stops further deterioration.
In addition, sealcoating adds a “layer of sunscreen” atop the driveway, so the sun’s rays hit the sealcoat rather than the asphalt. The sealcoat also acts as a physical barrier that keeps road salt, oil, gas, and antifreeze drippings off the asphalt, which represents another potential cause of driveway deterioration.
Applying sealcoating also recharges the dull gray asphalt, turning it into a consistent black pathway. The driveway looks neat and clean and stands in contrast to green grass, colorful flowers, or other items bordering the driveway.
The financial, functional, and aesthetic benefits provide plenty of reason to hire a sealcoating company to sealcoat your driveway.