Congratulations on your newly installed asphalt driveway (or walkway or parking lot or whatever it is). Asphalt is a top-of-the-line paving material that can last an entire lifetime—if properly taken care of.
(Read more all about that in this article over here— it’s got all the basics you need about how awesome a material asphalt is.)
Seal Coating Your Asphalt Ensures Longer Durability
Asphalt pavement is held together with asphalt cement— the thing that ultimately binds it all together. Like most things, the binder degrades with time, which leads to the pavement’s surface growing weak and brittle.
So then what is seal coating, you may ask? Well the seal coat itself is bituminous-based— applied either by a spray or brush technique. The coating helps protects both the sealant and the surface of your pavement from mother nature’s elements— rain, the sun’s UV rays, snow, and other naturally occurring pollutants.
In order to ensure the longest possible lifespan of your asphalt pavement surfaces, it’s important to consistently seal coat them every two to three years. On top of elongating the asphalt’s life, it saves you from needing to expend unnecessary amounts of dollars on repairs or even a brand new asphalt pavement surface.