The diverse and demanding weather in Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest has an impact on many facets of day-to-day life. Some of these effects are easier to note than others, and at Burnaby Blacktop we have seen noticeable neglect to the impacts of weather on blacktop and asphalt. Homeowners all around Vancouver do not treat asphalt sealing, crack sealing, or general pavement care as important as they should. In fact, some do not even consider asphalt seal coating as a necessity in order to preserve a driveway’s integrity. In short, asphalt seal coating and driveway sealing is the process by which a thin layer of specialized asphalt sealer is laid over a paved surface to increase the durability and longevity of the surface. While driveway sealing will not fix preexisting issues like cracks or potholes, regular sealing does have many benefits.
1. Asphalt Sealing Saves you Money
Sure the process of driveway sealing isn’t free but, in the long run, you will save a lot of money by preventing otherwise costly damage from occurring. Large-scale crack sealing and pothole filling repairs cost much more than occasionally applying an asphalt seal coating to your pavement.
2. Increase your Pavement’s Life Expectancy
The better you take care of your asphalt the longer it will last. Asphalt sealing is one of the most simple and affordable ways to increase the life expectancy of your driveway.
3. Improve the Appearance of Your Pavement
Looks aren’t everything, but it is undeniable that a new coat of asphalt sealer on your driveway truly does help it stand out compared to the cracked and worn alternative. While this is something every homeowner should strive for, it becomes especially important if you are preparing your home to sell.
4. Speed-up Snow and Ice Melt
Regular seal coating does wonder in speeding up the melting of snow and ice from your asphalt. In addition, the moisture created by melt and runoff will find it much more difficult to penetrate the surface and cause lasting issues underneath.
What does it take to seal coat my driveway?
Seal coating is actually a rather easy process. First, we need to clean the surface of any dirt and grime. Then, we must ensure all potholes and cracks have been properly repaired. Lastly, asphalt sealer is then applied with either a spray or squeegee. Once applied, the sealer needs to cure. This is best done by letting it sit undisturbed for at least eight hours at as near to 13 degrees Celsius as possible.
If you are looking out at your driveway and realizing that maybe you could benefit from asphalt seal coating, give Burnaby Blacktop a call today. Our experts are always happy to provide a free detailed quote and see what we can do to improve the longevity, durability, functionality, and appearance of your walkway or driveway.