what you can do to reduce heating costs

what you can do to reduce heating costs

Why You Should Sealcoat Your Driveway And When You Should Do It

by Mia Kuhn

Sealcoating your asphalt driveway can offer benefits to you over the long run that will save you money. For people that live in areas that see a lot of harsh weather, like snow in the winter or severe rain storms throughout the year, taking the time to have your driveway seal coated is like having a cheap insurance policy on it. Why not spend a little each year on seal coating and save the cost of a new driveway? It can make that much difference over the years.  

What is Sealcoating?  

Sealcoating is an asphalt based product that is applied to the surface of your paved or concrete driveway. It is not common on concrete but can be used with good results if you choose to. The material is applied as a liquid over the surface of the driveway and spread out in an even layer then allowed to dry. The result is a smooth surface that locks the moisture and other liquids out of the asphalt.  

Why Should I Sealcoat My Driveway?  

That is a good question and the best answer is that the driveway will last many more years if you seal coat it. The reason is this. The seal coat will flow into all the cracks and crevices of the driveway, sealing out water, dirt, and weeds from your driveway. The surface will be smoother, look nicer, and keep the moisture out from under the asphalt is a good way to stop the damage before it starts. Sealcoating is really about prevention, not repair, but even older driveways can benefit from it so just because it wasn't done in the past, does not mean you can't do it now. Additionally, seal coating can really make the driveway look nice too. It will clean up imperfections and give the driveway a clean, fresh look.  

When Should I Sealcoat My Driveway?  

In the summer, the sun beats down on the driveway, the UV rays working hard to break down the asphalt, and in the winter, ice, snow, and rain beat on the surface to do the same. The seal coating that was applied in the fall is going to take some abuse but better that than your driveway. In the cold, northern climates, seal coating in the fall makes the most sense. If you live in the southern sections of the country where snow is less of a concern but the summer is hotter, seal coating in the spring might be a better choice as it will protect the driveway from the heat and sun damage. Living between the two may have you seal coating in the fall and the spring but that is a choice you with have to make with the help of your seal coating contractor. 

For more information, you will want to contact a company such as ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co.


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Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.