3 Structural Advantages of Sealcoating Your Asphalt Driveway

If you have an asphalt driveway, seal coating is a necessary part of taking care of it. Seal coating has many benefits beyond making your driveway look good, though. Here are a few additional structural benefits of seal coating your driveway. 

Seal Coating Prevents Deterioration

One of the biggest benefits of seal coating your driveway is that it prevents deterioration. Over time, any oil or gas that leaks out of your vehicles and onto your asphalt driveway will slowly break down the surface of your driveway. Oil and gas are able to break down the surface of your driveway due to the oil-based composition of your driveway. The best way to protect your driveway from deteriorating due to normal vehicle leaks is by seal coating the asphalt. The seal coat will fill in any areas that have worn away already. The seal coat will also add another layer to your driveway, so if any additional oils or gases leak, they will not eat away at the base of your asphalt driveway.

Seal Coating Fills Cracks

Asphalt driveway are really flexible. When the soil under your asphalt driveway shifts and moves, oftentimes your driveway will shift in response to the changes underneath it. This flexibility and movement can sometimes leads to cracks developing in your asphalt driveway. The best way to fill in any cracks created by the natural movement of your asphalt driveway is to put a seal coat over it. The seal coating will fill in any cracks and will add an additional layer to your driveway, making it more difficult for your driveway to crack in the future. 

Seal Coating Protects the Edges of Your Driveway

The weakest parts of your driveway are the edges, because all of the layers there are exposed to the elements. This exposure can lead to asphalt getting worn off the edges, and over time, your driveway can become narrower. The best way to protect the edges of your driveway and keep them from deteriorating and chipping away is by seal coating the asphalt. Seal coating will add another layer of protection to the edges of your driveway and will prevent them from wearing down. 

If you want your driveway to not only look good but be structurally sound, you need to coat it every couple of years. Seal coating your driveway will protect it against deterioration, make it crack-free, and will protect the edges of your driveway. If you'd like to have a professional take care of the job, contact a service like Precision Lawn & Landscaping.