Sealcoating and repaving are both options for new homeowners looking to repair their driveway. Here are a few tips to be aware of when considering either option.
Sealcoating is the less expensive option of the two and can be done in a shorter amount of time, making it a great choice for those on a tight budget or timeline. It adds an extra layer of protection to your driveway and is designed to keep moisture from getting into the asphalt and causing further damage.
In this article, we will show you the difference between sealcoating and repaving your driveway.
What’s the difference between sealcoating and repaving?
Sealcoating is an option if you are comfortable with where your driveway is structurally, you would just prefer some cracks to be filled and damage repaired. This is a quicker job and can be completed in an afternoon even on your own. However, it’s recommended to get professional consultation with minimal experience.
Repaving is a long process that often will take far more work from professionals.
Firstly, the top layer of asphalt needs to be removed for a new layer to be installed. Depending on the adequacy of the first installation, the timeline for completion will vary. Luckily, the drying process concludes in about 24 hours.
You should avoid using the driveway for any reason during this drying period. Any impact on the driveway during that time will cause significant damage in the long term, and require maintenance much sooner.
How to get started
To get started, give us a call to get in contact. We’ll inspect the driveway’s current status, and give professional advice on your next course of action. This can be the difference between a long-term and short-term solution. Whatever it is, we’re here to help you make the right decisions for your driveway.
Wherever you decide to go, don’t forget to have some fun with it. Sealing or repaving your driveway doesn’t need to be a chore. You can even get creative and make the job your own by mixing different colors of asphalt or adding unique designs – it’s up to you! So don’t forget to put your own spin on it, and enjoy the process. We guarantee you won’t regret it!