Should I Sealcoat My Driveway Before Winter?

Winter is coming, and with it the need to prepare your home for inclement weather. Snow, sleet, and cold can take a toll on all parts of your home, and your driveway is no exception. One of the most common ways to maintain a driveway is with sealcoating. But does it really make the most sense to undertake this project right before your driveway is about to endure winter’s wrath?

What is Sealcoating?

Sealcoating is the process of applying a layer of protective covering to existing asphalt. Sealcoating layers are typically made from some combination of tar and bituminous based products of acrylics. This layer is spread over an asphalt driveway, parking lot, or street in order to keep the surface smooth and protect the asphalt from the damaging effects of moisture and temperature fluctuations.

When to Sealcoat?

Sealcoating can be performed at a number of points in your driveway’s lifespan. In general, sealcoating is recommended when the surface of your driveway is showing minor cracks or starts to look gray and dry. Sealcoating is not a viable option if you driveway has large cracks, or substantial damage such as potholes. If a sealcoat layer is applied to a surface showing severe damage, it’s likely to begin to show cracks and breaking in little time at all.

Why Sealcoat Before Winter?

The benefit of sealcoating your driveway before winter arrives is that this protective layer can help keep your driveway in good shape during the part of the year that can be the most stressful and damaging to your driveway’s surface. Winter is when the combination of excessive moisture (whether from rain, sleet, or melting snow) in tandem with frigid temperatures can wreak havoc on your driveway’s smooth surface. As water seeps into the pavement and then repeatedly freezes and thaws, it expands, causing cracks in the pavement around it.

A well installed sealcoat, though, will keep your driveway smooth and intact during the coldest and wettest months of the year. Sure, it’s one extra thing to take care of this season, but it’s something that could add years to your driveway’s lifespan and is one less thing that you’ll need to worry about come those first glorious days of spring.

Finding a Reputable Asphalt Specialist

Convinced it makes sense to sealcoat your driveway before winter sets in? This is one home maintenance job that is best left to professionals. Check online to find a certified and experienced asphalt specialist in your area. Reviews from former customers will help give you a good idea of which specialists will provide a great service for the cost, and which ones are best avoiding. As dry weather is essential for proper installation, make sure you keep an eye on the weather forecast around when you’re hoping to get the job done.

Not sure if your driveway is a good candidate for sealcoating? Many specialists will come to your home free of charge to assess the condition of your pavement and give you a recommendation for the best plan of action.