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How Does Driveway Seal Coating Work?

Your asphalt driveway is an important part of your property, and like anything else, it requires maintenance to keep it in top shape. One of the most effective ways to maintain your driveway is through regular seal coating.

What is driveway seal coating?

Remember the first time your driveway was paved? It looked clean, beautiful, and brand new! But thanks to vehicle and foot traffic, snow, salt, sun, chemicals, and other factors, it is showing signs of wear and tear. There are chips here and cracks there, and some granules are beginning to come loose. Applying a seal coat can fix these problems, prevent future ones, and extend the life of your driveway.

Think of driveway seal coating as a fresh paint job or spa day for your driveway, rejuvenating and revitalizing its appearance, and keeping it protected from the harsh elements. It is best to leave this task to the professionals, as they have the equipment and expertise to properly get the job done.

How does driveway seal coating work?

Seal coating works to protect your asphalt driveway by creating a shield on the surface of the asphalt. A Sealcoat, made of heated asphalt bitumen or latex, is applied to the surface in a thin, even layer. It then forms a protective barrier that helps to keep water from penetrating the surface of the asphalt and causing damage.

Also, the seal coat protects against the sun's ultraviolet rays, which can cause the surface of the asphalt to dry out, crack and become brittle. Salt can damage your asphalt driveway, causing the surface to dry out and crack. Also, de-icing chemicals can soften and damage your driveway. By seal coating your driveway, you are protecting the surface from salt and de-icing chemicals and preventing damage.

The seal coating process

The process begins with cleaning the entire pavement to remove dirt, debris, oil, and stains. Cracks, spots, and potholes are then filled in and repaired to create a smooth surface.

Next, a layer of seal coat is applied evenly by brush to the surface, providing a durable and flexible barrier. The sealant is then given time to dry and harden, creating a protective shield against the elements and giving your driveway a shiny, beautiful, black finish, just like the first day you paved it.

Driveway seal coating in the Lehigh Valley

We recommend to seal coat your driveway every 2-3 years to maintain the condition of the surface and ensure its longevity. This will not only prevent cracks and other issues from surfacing but also enhance your property's appearance and curb appeal.

Since 1950, we've been working with businesses and homeowners in the Lehigh Valley to keep their driveways sturdy and looking their best. Request an estimate, and let's do the same for you.


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