Why You Should Apply Sealcoat To Your Driveway

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The elements can wreak havoc on an unprotected driveway, yet many homeowners fail to properly protect their driveway. Instead, they leave the driveway exposed to the elements. Maybe this is because it can take several years for the damage to start showing, but if you have the foresight to apply a sealcoat from a company like LSC Construction Services, Inc. to your driveway, you can extend the life of your driveway almost indefinitely.

All It Takes Is Sunlight

You might think that the sunlight falling on your driveway will have little to no effect on it. The truth is that fresh tar will have some liquid left in it. This liquid is essential in that it makes the driveway supple so that it can flex with the stresses placed on it. As the sun slowly bakes the liquid out of your driveway, it will get brittle, which leaves it prone to cracking. You know the sun is taking its toll when you see the color of your driveway start to fade from black to brown and then to grey. A sealcoat will help to seal in the moisture so that your driveway will stay supple longer.

If not the Sun then Petroleum

If you have a car that leaks gas or a child who lets gas spill on the driveway when refilling the lawnmower, then you have a problem. Petroleum products contain solvents that can dissolve the tar that holds your driveway together. Once dissolved, the tar will not be able to prevent the pebbles that make up the driveway from separating. A sealcoat will seal out solvents so that they cannot cause your driveway to start breaking apart. 

Then There's Water

If you have standing water on your driveway, the water can swap down into and cracks or depressions in the driveway. When this water freezes, it will create a wedge that will push pebbles apart. A repeated cycle of heating and freezing can make cracks and potholes in your driveway. To waterproof your driveway, you need to apply a sealcoat. 

If you think that a sealcoat is an extra expense, then you really don't understand what a sealcoat can do for you. While it is true that you have to pay more to sealcoat your driveway than you pay to simply lay down the asphalt, it is also true that replacing your driveway costs more than sealcoating. If you want to avoid making repairs or even replacing your driveway, then you should apply a sealcoat to your driveway and replace the sealcoat any time it starts to wear out. 

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