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Should I Sealcoat My Driveway Before Winter?

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Driveways are very similar to living creatures in the way they age. As time goes on, your driveway wears out and can eventually break down due to normal wear and tear, as well as harsh weather spikes. If your driveway is in decent shape and you’d like it to stay that way, consider sealcoating before the winter arrives. As Maryland sealcoating experts, we’ve sealed hundreds of driveways and will work with you to get the job done at the right price. We only use the highest quality materials and stand by our work.

What is Sealcoating?

Sealcoating involves application of a special protective layer to your driveway. This layer is relatively thick and gives your driveway a uniform color, as well as fills in any surface cracks. Sealcoating can be used on new driveways to keep them looking like new, as well as on older driveways to prevent damage from worsening. But keep in mind that if your driveway is heavily cracked or is crumbling away at the edges, sealcoating won’t help. Just like you wouldn’t repaint your dented car before fixing the damage, you shouldn’t invest in sealcoating until you get your driveway in good shape.

When Should I Sealcoat my Driveway?

Generally, sealcoating your driveway should be done when it’s warm outside, and the forecast is clear for two to three days. This will ensure proper time to fill any small cracks and for the sealant to cure. If it’s too cold outside, the seal may take longer to cure or won’t cure properly. This means you still have plenty of time to get the sealcoating job done right this year! September and October usually offer many sunny, non-humid days perfect for a sealcoating job.

What Does a Sealcoat Protect Against?

A sealcoat protects your asphalt driveway against harsh weather, UV damage, chemical damage, as well as normal wear and tear. It also prevents water from penetrating into the asphalt base, which can later cause major issues when the water freezes and expands. Another big benefit of sealcoating is protection against oxidation. Oxidation happens due to the effects of the sun, water and wind combined, and results in a dry, brittle asphalt surface prone to cracking. Sealcoating helps slow down oxidation and prolongs the life of your driveway.

Why Should I Sealcoat My Driveway Before Winter?

As you know, Maryland winters can be very harsh. They come with bitter-cold winds, rains, snow, ice and other unwelcome weather phenomena. Asphalt, no matter how well it’s packed, is a porous material that can allow water under its surface, especially if the surface is already damaged. Those tiny hairline cracks you are seeing now may turn into gaping canyons by the time spring comes if you don’t protect your driveways with a sealcoat.

Often, we end up salting our driveways to reduce ice and improve friction. Salt can also be damaging to asphalt, and this is another reason why you should consider sealcoating before winter. Temperature spikes in either direction can also cause big issues with your driveway.

It’s best to call your local Maryland paving professionals to come prepare your driveway for the months ahead. Remember that your driveway provides a stable landing for your car while enduring unrelenting weather. Let 1-855-Got-Paving take some of the stress out of your winter prep by having us sealcoat your driveway. Call us today or visit us online for a free estimate.



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