Sealcoating your new asphalt driveway may be the first thing you want to do in order to protect your investment, especially before the unpredictable and sometimes harsh winters in the Pittsburgh area. But resist the temptation to take immediate action after your asphalt driveway has been installed. By waiting a sufficient amount of time, you can prevent future damage to your investment.
If properly installed and maintained, an asphalt driveway (also known as blacktop) can last more than 30 years. Therefore, you want to make sure that you take the appropriate steps to extend the life of your driveway. Roadstar Paving, a trusted provider of high-quality paving and sealing services in the Pittsburgh area, recommends the following tips for sealcoating your new asphalt driveway:
Allow the asphalt to harden
Freshly laid asphalt driveways are more flexible than older ones due to the lightweight oils that need to evaporate. Therefore, it is important that you allow your new driveway ample time to fully cure and harden. You should wait at least 90 days before applying a sealcoat, but if possible, Roadstar Paving highly recommends waiting nine months to one year. If you seal your driveway before it’s completely cured, you run the risk of sealing in the oils that make the asphalt flexible. As a result, your driveway will be susceptible to tire marks and imprints from pointed or heavy objects.
Consider the temperature and projected weather
After your driveway has fully hardened, your sealant should be applied when the temperature is optimal for doing so. For good adhesion, it is recommended that the outside temperature be more than 50 degrees, but less than 90 degrees. Additionally, you want your freshly sealed driveway to be free of rain or any water for at least two days after application.
Maintain on a regular basis
To keep your asphalt driveway from showing signs of wear and tear or from allowing water to seep in causing all sort of problems, it is important that you regularly sealcoat your driveway. Roadstar Paving recommends that you apply a high quality sealant every three years to protect and extend the life of your asphalt driveway. Regular maintenance is an easy and cost-effective way to prevent unsafe conditions, expensive repairs and loss of curb appeal.
Hire a professional
Hiring a professional, like Roadstar Paving in Coraopolis, PA, to sealcoat your asphalt investment not only saves you time, but also money. Professionals have the needed supplies and equipment, as well as the expertise in addressing other potential maintenance issues before they happen. Relying on experts to get the job done right could ultimately save you from more expensive problems later on.
Family-owned and operated for over three generations, Roadstar Paving has been providing expert sealcoating services to residential customers in the Pittsburgh area. Our high-quality sealcoat will keep your asphalt looking brand new—ultimately boosting your home’s curb appeal. We provide accurate and fair estimates on cost-effective projects. Call Roadstar Paving at 412-318-5869 for more information.