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Seal Coating Your Driveway - Why, When & How Often

Seal Coating Your Driveway - Why, When & How Often

Most of us are familiar with this critical process to preserve asphalt pavement, but just how often is it really necessary and when is the best time of the year to do it? Keep reading to learn more about seal coating. 

Seal coating is essential to ensure that your asphalt pavement will serve you well for decades. However, this is a process that demands some time and planning ahead.

Why do I need to seal coat my driveway?

Seal coating is a protective seal that shields the asphalt from elements that can deteriorate and harm its integrity. Protecting your asphalt from the sun, weather and man-made substances like oil is essential if you have any hopes of a long-lasting installation.

How often should I seal coat my driveway?

The general rule of thumb is every 2 years, but if you live in a location with excellent weather or your pavement doesn't get traveled much, it could be required more or less. Going longer than 2 years will typically introduce exposure to the bare surface and create unnecessary aging.

When should I seal coat my driveway?

Arguably, the summer is the best time to do it, because the natural heat of a hot summer day will help sealers cure quicker and more efficiently. Applying pavement sealer once a year during summer is a fantastic way to preserve your pavement and also benefit from a fresh look through the winter. Most companies will not seal your pavement during colder months.