10 Sep

Asphalt Vs. Concrete: How Paving and Coatings Differ

It is easy to see that there are big differences between concrete and asphalt, but that doesn’t make it any less confusing to treat your driveway the way you should. Asphalt or concrete, you should consider sealings or coatings for your driveway to protect it and reduce maintenance and repair costs in the future. Here are the differences in the sealers and coatings, what they do, and which should be applied.

Asphalt sealants

Asphalt sealants are meant to do more than make your driveway look good. These sealants are used to protect the asphalt and make it last longer. If you want your asphalt driveway to last, you’ll need to get a sealant applied after the first year of installation and periodically after that. These sealants don’t last forever, but they are very important if you don’t want to have to replace or repair your asphalt driveway.

The most popular asphalt sealants for Washington driveways include:

  • Acrylic sealers for a higher quality, longer lasting, and aesthetically pleasing coating
  • Water based sealers for a more environmentally friendly option but lower durability
  • Oil based sealers for a more sensibly priced sealant that will last for at least a few years

If you have an asphalt driveway that has never been sealed, you need to contact us right away.

Concrete sealants

Concrete sealants or coatings are most often added as a measure for keeping the concrete in pristine condition. Properly coated concrete driveways will provide easy clean up of oil and other vehicle fluids, as well as anything else you might put on your driveway. The sealants can last for years, and they can also prevent cracking of the concrete.

Is your asphalt or concrete driveway in need of professional attention? Contact us today to schedule.