It may just be the route you take to pull into your garage or a long strip of asphalt that leads to your home, but the condition of your driveway has a lot to say about your home. Therefore, keeping your asphalt driveway in tip-top shape just goes along with being a homeowner who is attentive to the exterior appeal of their home. To keep the asphalt driveway looking its best, it is no big secret that annual sealcoating is a must. However, far beyond the importance of just looking good, sealcoating offers you an easy way to protect your asphalt drive over the long term. 

Reap the benefits of a protective layer against the hot summer sun. 

In the summer months, the surface of your asphalt can reach temperatures as high as 172 degrees. This extreme heat can naturally encourage deterioration and cause the pavement to crack, become overly dry, and even become brittle. With a layer of asphalt sealcoating applied as a protective barrier, the asphalt may still reach the same temperatures but will not be as prone to damage due to the heat. 

Eliminate concerns of moisture erosion with an adequate sealcoat layer on your driveway. 

Watch the rain pound down on a freshly sealed asphalt driveway and you will get to see the magic of what sealcoating can do when it comes to moisture. Asphalt sealcoating has a high oil content, which will make it mush easier for rainwater to just be repelled and drain away. On dry asphalt that has not had a sealcoat in a few years, the water is allowed to puddle, slip into tiny fissures, and cause damage that can be expensive to repair. 

Forget about the threat of ice and snow in the cold winter months of the year. 

The winter season can bring about a lot of threats to the well-being of your asphalt driveway. The cold temperatures can cause unsealed asphalt to crack and age quickly. Additionally, if moisture slips into small cracks, and the temperatures drop, expanding ice can push even tiny cracks wider until they are highly noticeable. One more problem in the winter that could compromise an unsealed asphalt driveway is deicing agents. While salt-based deicers work well for eliminating ice, these components are also an abrasive material, which will deteriorate your asphalt, especially if it is not sealed well. 

For more information, contact ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co. or a similar company.