Taking care of your driveway is a major part of maintaining the accessibility and aesthetics of your home. When it comes to maintaining the asphalt that was used to create your driveway, you may have questions about when it's time to sealcoat versus getting a driveway fully repaved. This guide can help you better understand what each of these options has to offer and which to choose.
Sealcoating is great for helping to extend the life of your driveway. Sealcoating can seem like a simple, do-it-yourself job, but the materials that you have access to and use are going to make a big difference in how effective a sealcoat actually is. Most people can go to a hardware or home improvement warehouse and find some commercial, mass-produced sealcoat. However, because this product was meant to be sold to the public, it had to have a long shelf life for it to be profitable for a store to carry. Unfortunately, the chemicals and treatments use to make the sealcoat stay relatively effective for an extended period of time can decrease the quality of the sealcoat itself.
Professional contractors have access to what you might call "fresh" sealcoating which will be more effective and longer lasting. Getting sealcoating done is meant to help extend the life of your driveway, but it's not meant to be used as your only form of maintaining your driveway. When your asphalt begins to crack up and break apart, that's usually a good sign that you may need to get the asphalt repaved completely.
Repaving is a much more arduous process than a simple sealcoating. Repaving is also going to cost more money than sealcoating since there is a more complex process involved. Your asphalt professional will have to break up and haul away your old asphalt, pour your new asphalt, treat it, and allow it to dry properly and thoroughly. If you think you might need to have your driveway repaved, just make sure that you call a professional to confirm this before spending the extra time and money and losing the use of your driveway for a few days.
Driveways aren't usually quite as busy as city streets when it comes to wear and tear from car tires, basketball games, and driveway rollerblading. Even though that's the case, you still need to stay on top of your driveway maintenance for the sake of your home's curb appeal and the safety and convenience of your family and guests.