You know how it is, one person has their driveway done, and suddenly you notice how gray yours looks in comparison. Now you feel the need to keep up with the Jones’s. Or do you? Let us take a look at why you should use seal coating spray on your blacktop driveway.
What Does The Gray Color Mean?
Think of the gray in the same way as dry skin. When the sun, wind, rain, snow, salt, and sand have weathered your asphalt and dried it up, it’s in need of treatment. Left exposed to the elements, it will continue to dry and grow brittle, leading to cracks. The driveway has nothing left to protect itself, and will continue to deteriorate.
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How Does Seal Coating Spray Help?
When you sealcoat your asphalt, you are giving it back that layer of protection. It seals the surface, protecting it from the weather elements, and keeping it waterproof. Not all sealers are created equal though! Be sure to look for a commercial grade product that uses asphalt emulsion, for the highest level of protection.
Check out how to apply driveway blacktop sealer here.
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When Should I Sealcoat?
You’ll want a clear weather forecast, with temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, to allow proper curing. Avoid letting it ever get to the gray stage, and have your driveway sealed every two years. If you’d like to do it yourself, sign up for our free homeowner’s course.
We have more blogs on how long to stay off the driveway after sealcoating and a temperature cheatsheet so you know when to maintain your asphalt!
Clearly, it’s not a matter of keeping up with the Jones’s, it’s a matter of defending your driveway from the elements! Use seal coating spray to bring back the healthy black color that shows your asphalt is protected.
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