Cleaning Up Your Own Backyard

Get Your Driveway Sealed

by Warren Garcia

Getting a new driveway for your house can make access to your house much easier because you have a nice smooth surface to get in and out of your house with. When you do get your new driveway, you want to make sure that you do what you can do to make sure that your driveway looks as good as possible for as long as possible. One way to do that is to have your driveway sealcoated. 


Sealcoating puts a clear layer of material over the cement or asphalt. The coating seals over the driveway material and makes sure that nothing can get into the material and break it down faster than it should. You'll have to have your driveway resealed on a regular basis. You can ask the contractor who installed your driveway how often it needs to be done. It is something that you can do on your own, but you are going to get better results if you have the contractor do the resealing when it needs to be done. There are several reasons why you should make sure that you get your driveway sealcoated and resealed as necessary. 

Freeze/Thaw Cycle

The freeze/thaw cycle can be really brutal. What happens is that water gets into little cracks in your driveway because it rains or the snow melts. Then it gets cold enough that the water freezes. When water freezes, it actually expands. That expansion means that whatever the ice is in gets damaged. That means that the ice in the crack in your driveway will eventually cause that crack to expand and get longer. Then, when the ice thaws, the water will get into those damaged areas, and when it refreezes, the cycle starts all over. That freeze/thaw cycle may happen several times over the winter, and every time it happens, the damage to your driveway can get worse. When you get your driveway resealed, the contractor will patch those cracks and the sealcoating will top that patch and fill in anything that the patches may have missed. 

If you have a new driveway, whether it is cement or asphalt, you need to make sure that you are taking care of your driveway. One way to do that is to make sure you get your driveway sealed and resealed as necessary. It is a quick and easy process, and your driveway contractor can help you with it. 

Contact your contractor to learn more about driveway sealcoating