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Does Your Residential Asphalt Driveway Require Seal Coating? 3 Signs That Point to Yes

Residential asphalt driveways can last for many years before they need to be replaced, as long as these driveways are properly cared for. This means that in order to get the most out of your asphalt driveway, you will need to have your driveway seal coated from time to time. This is a very important part of maintaining your driveway since seal coating helps to protect the underlying asphalt from many different types of damage. Unfortunately, there is no set amount of time that a seal coat will last. Consequently, you will need to keep your eyes open for warning signs that indicate it is time to have your driveway seal coated again. You can learn more about three of these warning signs below. 

#1: Your Driveway Is Developing Widespread Cracks

A failing seal coat is just one of the many reasons that an asphalt driveway may develop cracks. However, most other causes of cracking will result in very localized cracks. For instance, if your driveway is cracked as a result of an impact, you will notice the cracks forming directly around the point of impact. If the cracks on your driveway are widespread, there is a good chance that this damage is because your driveway needs to be seal coated. 

#2: Your Driveway Is Fading In Color

As the seal coat on your asphalt driveway begins to wear away, the underlying asphalt will no longer be protected against powerful UV rays. Exposure to these rays can cause your asphalt to fade from a dark black to an ash-gray color. If you notice that the color of your driveway is fading, you will want to contact a paving contractor to have them come and seal coat your driveway.

#3: Your Neighbors Are Having Their Driveway Seal Coated

While it is true that not all residential asphalt driveways will need to be seal coated at the same intervals, chances are that your driveway will require these services at roughly the same intervals as your neighbor's driveway. This is because homes that are located close to one another are often built around the same time and exposed to the same variables that would impact how often their driveways need to be resealed. Consequently, if you have noticed that several of your neighbors have had their driveways seal coated recently, there is a good chance that your driveway is in need of seal coating as well.

For more information, contact a residential asphalt paving contractor in your area.