Asphalt sealcoating is an effective way to reduce the maintenance costs of asphalt and maintain its sleek look. Sealcoating increases the lifespan of asphalt by keeping out the moisture, oils, and UV rays which will penetrate the surface and manifest in cracks over time. Sealcoating can even protect from snow and ice as well as cause them to melt at a faster rate, decreasing the number of accidents on the pavement. The dark black coloration lent to the pavement by sealcoating allows for the surface to be heated by the sun, making the road more pliable and less prone to damage from tires.
Without a maintained sealcoating schedule, however, pavement will eventually take on a grey or bleached appearance and will be resistant to sealcoating applications while also decreasing the coat’s longevity. For this reason, it is important to stick to a sealcoating schedule in order to save the most money in the long run. For all of its benefits, and at only cents per square foot, sealcoating is an important and cost-effective part of any commercial or residential driveway.