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drivewayWhile you are relaxing on the beach in July, sealing your driveway is probably the last thing on your mind. Meanwhile, a typical driveway sealant requires a minimal temperature of 50F and long, sunny days in order to dry and cure properly. This means that summer would be ideal for seal coating in Maryland and other states with distinctive seasons. However, due to our busy schedules and the tendency to focus on home improvement projects in spring and fall, we might not to get to taking care of the driveway until September.

Fortunately, you are not too late yet! Thanks to the Indian summer, fall usually gives us a few weeks of warm, sunny weather—your last window for seal coating.

But My Driveway Looks Fine..

Your driveway, in fact, may show no signs of wear and look perfect by the end of summer. But don’t you want to keep it that way? Seal coating is not just for the aging driveways—it’s applied just as commonly to new asphalt surfaces to help maintain their structure longer.

Once your new driveway is exposed to the elements, such as UV rays, summer heat and downpours, the binding element starts to wear down, exposing the small rocks inside. Eventually, it thins out so much that the water is able to penetrate underneath the surface layer and into the base. When the water freezes, it expands, causing cracks and potholes. Coating your driveway with a sealant forms a protective layer between the asphalt and the elements, helping reduce the wear.

How to Prepare for Seal Coating

If you are not sure whether your driveway needs sealing, try to remember the last time it was sealed. If it’s been more than 3-4 years, it’s probably time for a new coat. Some driveways will require more frequent sealing than others, especially if they are used by multiple cars and/or heavy equipment.

Contact 1-855-Got-Paving to schedule your seal coating appointment today.