If you have an asphalt driveway, there is one fact that you should know. Your driveway will deteriorate over time as the asphalt wears down. With regular care though, the driveway can be protected. Here is what happens and the solution, seal coating.
When the sun beats down on your beautiful asphalt driveway, it degrades various components used in the asphalt. Degradation starts from the top of the asphalt with oxidation. This breakdown on the surface causes the driveway to start losing its color.
At the same time, the elements that make up the asphalt start to loosen. Sand and gravel, for example, make up asphalt. If they start to loosen and shift the whole driveway will start to break down.
The more your driveway starts to change color the closer it is to breaking apart. What determines the length of time it takes to deteriorate is the amount of sun exposure the driveway receives. Other elements such as rain and snow can also damage the driveway.
To prevent your driveway from seeing the ravages of the elements, have seal coating applied. The first seal coating should be done 30 to 60 days after the asphalt is installed. This delay allows the asphalt to cure. After that, seal coating should occur every few years.
A seal coating is a protective layer that is placed over your driveway, and it does more than just protect your driveway. Your driveway regains its splendor with a new black color. Some companies offer a more affordable gray color that is also good quality. If you want the original black appearance, make sure to request that the company do so.
The ideal time to apply seal coating is when the weather is good, so there is no chance that the seal will get damaged during application. At 70 degrees with 50% humidity, it will take between 30 minutes and an hour for seal coating to dry.
Whether you are a homeowner or a business owner, you can benefit from seal coating your asphalt driveway or parking lot. It will prevent you from having to worry about the driveway deteriorating. It also adds curb appeal to your home or business.
For more information on seal coating, contact Unlimited Professional Services at 919-263-5555.