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  • Writer's pictureGerry Sebby

7 Signs Your Driveway Needs Sealcoating

Asphalt driveways are durable, but they require regular maintenance to preserve their integrity and appearance. One essential maintenance task is sealcoating, which helps protect the asphalt from the elements and prolong its lifespan. Here are some of the top signs that indicate your driveway is in need of seal coating:

1. Fading Color

  • Dull Appearance: If your asphalt driveway has lost its deep black color and appears gray or faded, it's a clear indication that the surface is weathered and in need of sealcoating.

2. Cracks and Fractures

  • Visible Cracks: Cracks in the asphalt surface allow water to seep beneath the driveway, leading to further damage. When paring sealcoating and hot rubber crack sealing we can effectively fill these cracks and prevent water intrusion.

3. Potholes and Pitting

  • Surface Irregularities: Potholes, pits, and uneven areas on the driveway not only detract from its visual appeal but also signal underlying structural issues that can be addressed through sealcoating.

4. Oxidation and Weathering

  • Brittle Texture: Over time, asphalt can become brittle and prone to crumbling due to prolonged exposure to the sun and other elements. Sealcoating helps rejuvenate the surface and combat oxidation.

5. Loss of Aggregate

  • Loose Gravel: As asphalt ages, it may shed loose gravel and aggregate, leading to a rough and uneven surface. Sealcoating can effectively bind the aggregate and restore the driveway's smoothness.

6. Stains and Spills

  • Chemical Damage: Oil spills, gasoline leaks, and other chemical stains can degrade the asphalt surface. Sealcoating creates a protective barrier that minimizes the impact of such spills.

7. Age of the Driveway

  • Regular Maintenance: If it has been several years since your driveway was last sealcoated, it may be time for a fresh application to maintain its resilience and appearance.

Regularly assessing your driveway for these signs can help you determine when it's time for sealcoating. By addressing these issues promptly, you can extend the life of your driveway and ensure that it remains an attractive and functional feature of your property. If you notice any of these signs, consider reaching out to a us to discuss the benefits of seal coating for your driveway!

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