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Refuting Three Notions about Sealcoating

by Sheila Vasquez

Your driveway will have to withstand a substantial amount of abuse over the course of a year. Not surprisingly, this can result in a lot of wear to the pavement, which can lead to cosmetic and structural damages. To prevent these problems, sealcoating can be an effective strategy, but if you are a new homeowner you may be under the impression that a few myths about sealcoats are true. Dispelling these notions will give you a better understanding about how to protect your home's driveway.

Myth: Sealcoating Repairs Cracks

Cracks are among the more common problems that driveways can experience. In addition to being an eyesore, these cracks can gradually worsen, which can structurally weaken the pavement. Eventually, large sections of the pavement may break away as a result of these cracks.

Rather than repairing cracks, sealcoating is an excellent way of limiting or preventing this type of damage in the first place because it forms a protective barrier over the pavement. This barrier will prevent moisture from seeping into the concrete or asphalt and putting pressure on the interior of the pavement.

Myth: Sealcoating Only Protects against Water Damage

While water damage is among the more common sources of problems for pavement, you should be aware that this is not the only thing that sealcoating will protect against. During the winter months, you may need to put deicing chemicals on the pavement to keep ice from forming, but these chemicals can be harsh enough to make the surface of the pavement brittle. By applying a sealcoat, you can help prevent these chemicals from coming into direct contact with your pavement.

Myth: It Does Not Matter When a Sealcoat Is Applied

For those that have never undertaken a sealcoating project, it may be easy to assume that this work can be done at any time. However, this is not always the case because pavement that has only recently been poured will need several weeks to months to cure before the coat should be applied. This will ensure that the moisture inside the pavement is allowed to escape as it dries. Also, you will need to avoid applying sealcoats when it may rain in the next day or two. Sealcoats need time to bond to the pavement, and if it rains before this happens, the coating may simply wash away.

Protecting your driveway from some of the more common sources of wear and damage will likely require you to apply a sealcoat. To learn more about this topic and those that relate to it, like sealcoating striping, speak with a contractor in your area.