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When Should I Consider Sealcoating My Driveway?

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One of the most dominant features of a property exterior is the driveway. As this solid surface takes up a large part of the front garden, you want it to look as good as possible and for some people, sealcoating is the answer to achieving this.

The chances are, if you own an asphalt driveway, you would have heard of sealcoating at some point. While many driveway varieties often need to be sealed, sealcoating generally refers to the process of adding a layer of emulsion to the top of an asphalt driveway.

If you have an asphalt driveway, then you may be wondering ‘when should I consider sealcoating my driveway?’. Read on to learn more about the purpose of sealcoating and how often it’s advised for an asphalt drive…

Why Do Some People Sealcoat Their Driveways?

Asphalt is prone to a long list of problems, especially when it comes to the asphalt that is used on commercial and residential driveways. 

Some of the most concerning of these problems includes the surface rutting and the surface becoming brittle. Rutting is common in hot weather, while cracks and overall brittleness is common in cold weather.

This means that the look, structural integrity, and usability of asphalt can suffer throughout the year in different ways. A cracked, rutted and brittle surface looks bad, but also shortens the longevity of an asphalt driveway and compromises the safety of the surface.

A seal coat, in part, is designed to address some of these problems. The thin layer of emulsion can help to prevent weather damage and chemical damage, as well as taking care of any small cracks that have appeared in the surface of the driveway – helping the drive to look better and last longer.

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For those that are in favour of sealcoating, the general rule of thumb is that a seal coat should be applied roughly every three years, with at least two to three months being left after installation to allow the driveway to cure

How Often Does a Sealcoat Need to Be Applied?

The question of ‘when should I consider sealcoating my driveway?’, is one that has varied answers, partly because opinion is divided over whether a seal coat is needed on asphalt driveways, or if it’s just a pointless investment. 

For those that are in favour of sealcoating, the general rule of thumb is that a seal coat should be applied roughly every three years, with at least two to three months being left after installation to allow the driveway to cure. 

You can normally determine the exact time to seal coat a driveway based on the look of the surface. Once the colours of the stones that the driveway is created from are visible, it’s normally time to seal the driveway.  

Ideally, sealing should take place in late spring through to early autumn when the days are warmer, so the seal coat can cure effectively. The freshly applied seal then needs to be protected for around 36 hours, to prevent any debris landing on it. 

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Installing a resin bound surface is a brilliant alternative to sealcoating an asphalt driveway every few years and can help with avoiding some of those common problems with asphalt. Even if it’s a concrete surface that you’re concerned about, a resin bound layer may still be able to provide the perfect solution!

Introducing...The Ultimate Alternative to Sealcoating!

Sealcoating an asphalt driveway is a fairly big project, especially if you choose to do it yourself instead of calling in the experts to take care of it for you. If you’re concerned about having to reseal a driveway or about the problems that can occur with asphalt drives, then there is another solution.

Resin bound driveways are a much lower maintenance option when compared to concrete or asphalt. They don’t normally need sealing, there are no cracks to be repaired and the surface is also very resistent to UV damage, so it stays looking good for longer. 

Constructed by mixing aggregate with resin, this type of driveway is strong and durable but also very beautiful, with an extensive range of stone varieties to choose from and a smooth and well-finished surface. 

The good news is, if your asphalt driveway is in good condition, then it may even be able to act as a base for a resin driveway – giving your driveway a whole new look at a fraction of the price!

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Installing a resin bound surface is a brilliant alternative to sealcoating an asphalt driveway every few years and can help with avoiding some of those common problems with asphalt. Even if it’s a concrete surface that you’re concerned about, a resin bound layer may still be able to provide the perfect solution!

To get more advice about resin bound driveways and overcoming problems with asphalt or concrete driveways, pay a visit to the Home Logic website, or call Home Logic today on 0800 1700 636 for expert assistance at your fingertips! Alternatively, simply click the button below to get the ball rolling today!