Understanding When Your New Asphalt Driveway Needs To Be Sealed

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If you have recently had an asphalt driveway installed on your property, then you likely want to do everything in your power to make the installation last. This means keeping up on care and maintenance. For some individuals, this may mean placing a sealer on the asphalt, but you may wonder if this is something that you should do right away. Keep reading to learn if you should invest in a sealer or not.

Should A Sealer Be Placed Right Away?

If your driveway has just been installed, then you should not invest in sealing. New asphalt needs a minimum of three months to cure completely. If temperatures are not extremely warm and if you experience a number of cool and wet days, then it can take much longer for the asphalt to fully harden. This means the asphalt will remain flexible and pliable. It may remain this way for up to about nine months. 

During the curing process, the asphalt releases some of the petroleum oils. As the oils evaporate, the asphalt hardens. If you invest in sealing before the evaporation occurs, then the sealer will trap the petroleum in the driveway. It will then remain flexible and pliable. This means that your driveway can develop ruts, potholes, tire tread marks, and other types of damage quite easily.

When Can A Sealer Be Applied?

A sealer can be applied to the asphalt driveway as soon as it cures, but this is often unnecessary. New asphalt driveways will retain a smooth and crack-free surface for several years. If you want to add sealer before any cracks or damage are noted, then apply the first coat after about two years. 

If you decide to wait to invest in sealing until your driveway needs it, then look for signs that the treatment should be completed. If you notice small and shallow spiderweb cracks, then sealcoating can help to fill them in. It can also help to create a smooth and shiny appearance once the asphalt starts looking dull. Dull asphalt is typically a sign of sun damage and the advanced evaporation of the petroleum oils. 

When you do invest in sealing, then your driveway will typically only need one layer of the sealer. As the asphalt ages, two coats may be necessary to retain a strong and durable driveway surface. 

If you want to know more about sealing and whether or not your driveway needs it, contact a sealcoating professional as soon as possible.

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