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Sealcoating vs Resurfacing a Driveway – What’s Best

The driveway is one of the most used areas of a home or business. When you come home from work each day, you either park your car on it, or certainly see it. So when your driveway is looking worn and tired, you know about it. The driveway is exposed to the elements all-year-round, searing heat and freezing cold temperatures, often we give it little thought but that’s a lot of abuse!

As many driveway owners have found out, to their dismay, wear and damage to your driveway can soon creep up on you. It pays to be proactive and protect against harsh weather, cracking, decay, and wear and tear. A well-maintained driveway will not only save you money in the long-term but will also improve your home’s value if you decide to sell in the future.

There are two common ways of maintaining your driveway—sealcoating and resurfacing. Sealcoating involves applying a protective layer to asphalt surfaces to provide protection against the elements, oils, chemicals, and freezing temperatures that can cause damage. Sealcoat is made of small particle solids and liquids. The mixture has protective and restorative qualities that help to protect the driveway against water penetration, enhance traction, and protect against wear and tear. Resurfacing means adding a new layer of asphalt over an old layer to extend the life of a driveway. When you resurface your driveway, you end up with a crack-free, smooth driveway at a lower cost.

The condition of your driveway and what you want to achieve will determine whether to apply sealcoat to your driveway or resurface it.

When should you sealcoat your driveway?

Sealcoating is a routine maintenance procedure every driveway owner should consider. When applied by a reputable asphalt company, it can restore the rich, deep color your asphalt pavement had when it was new. You should apply sealcoat to your driveway within 12 months after installation for optimum results. Fresh sealcoating should then be applied every 1 to 3 years. Unfortunately sealcoating is not a permanent protective layer and needs re-applying to maintain the benefits. If your asphalt driveway has cracks, it’s faded, or it’s weathered, it would be necessary to apply more sealcoat to your driveway. Though consider that cracks should first be filled in with crack filling since sealcoating must be applied to a smooth, damage-free surface.

If you’re considering sealcoating your driveway, it’s best to work with a professional asphalt company like Paveway. Call Paveway Asphalt & Sealcoating at (856) 535-6112 for a free estimate of your sealcoating project.

When should you resurface your driveway?

Where sealcoating is meant for protecting a non-damaged driveway, resurfacing is meant for repairing a damaged one. Keep in mind that resurfacing should not be done on a badly damaged surface because it won’t last long before it develops cracks and potholes. But if your asphalt surface has minor cracks or stains, you can add a completely new asphalt layer which covers them all over. Resurfacing is often preferable to full asphalt replacement, which is not always ncessary and more expensive for driveway owners.

Resurfacing helps to create a wear and tear layer to protect your driveway, especially if there’s high traffic in your home or commercial property.

If you’re thinking about sealcoating or resurfacing your driveway, you can count on Paveway Asphalt & Sealcoating for fair, honest pricing and a reliable service.

Paveway Asphalt & Sealcoating offers top-rated asphalt paving, sealcoating, resurfacing, and asphalt repair at the best prices.

Call (856)-6112 for more information about caring for your driveway in the lower New Jersey area.