Installing an asphalt driveway is an investment. A sealcoat driveway helps preserve your investment for as long as possible. Applying sealcoating is one way to make your asphalt driveway last longer.
The sealcoat driveway will protect the asphalt underneath from environmental hazards, normal wear and tear, and products like oil, gas, and lawn fertilizers. Unfortunately, sealcoating an asphalt driveway only lasts so long. You must reapply it from time to time to provide a long-lasting and durable driveway surface.
How Long Does A Sealcoat Driveway Last?
A sealcoat driveway can last anywhere from two to five years. Several factors determine how long a seal coat driveway lasts. These factors include the age and condition of the asphalt driveway before the sealcoat was applied, traffic, and how you use your driveway.
How Can I Make My Sealcoat Driveway Last Longer?
Don’t let potentially hazardous materials lay on the asphalt to get the most of your seal coat driveway and more years between applications. This means gas, oil, fertilizer, mulch, and other materials that may find their way onto your asphalt driveway.
Repair cracks promptly to avoid the problem growing, which could result in having to install a new asphalt driveway sooner.
When the seal coat gets applied, we recommend at least two coats, with time between each coat to allow it to dry before we lay the next layer. Allow at least 24 hours for the last layer to cure before walking or driving on the driveway.
The higher the quality of the sealcoat mix, the longer it will stand up to the elements and wear and tear. While it can be more expensive initially, it can make your seal coat driveway last longer between applications. You’ll find yourself saving money in the long run.
How Long Should I Wait Before I Sealcoat A New Asphalt Driveway?
You should wait between six months and a year before sealcoating your asphalt driveway. This is the industry standard. You can also do it after your driveway has experienced a Maryland winter with cold temperatures fairly regularly.
How Will Fertilizer or Mulch Affect My Sealcoat Driveway?
Fertilizers and mulch can cause sealcoating to discolor by creating a chemical reaction. To ensure the sealcoat sticks and doesn’t discolor, power wash your driveway after your landscaper has dropped fertilizer or mulch. If you can, have them avoid dropping it on your driveway in the future to make your seal coat driveway application last as long as possible.
What Time Of Year Is Best For Sealcoating A Driveway Or Parking Lot?
Warm weather months are the best time for sealcoating a driveway or parking lot. Both the air and ground temperatures should be above 50 degrees but below 90 degrees to allow it to cure properly. With this temperature range, you could have your seal coat driveway applied during spring, early summer, or fall in Maryland.
Contact 410 Asphalt For Your Driveway Needs
If you’re ready for your next batch of sealcoat or aren’t sure if it’s time to sealcoat your asphalt driveway, call 410-ASPHALT in Crofton, Maryland, at 410-277-4258. Our team will provide a free estimate, whether you just need a sealcoat or a brand new asphalt or concrete driveway.