How Your Driveway Could Improve Your Property’s Value
Finding the right sealer for an asphalt driveway can be challenging, given the multiple grades and brands available to property owners. The best way for finding a sealant for your driveway is to research the types of sealers available. Putting driveway sealers can increase the value of a property and help maintain the beauty of your front pavement.
Many experts know that the longevity and protection of an asphalt driveway can vary with grades and types. Your choice of an asphalt sealer should be based on the type of your driveway. Here are the most common types of asphalt sealing techniques Salt Lake City residents prefer.
Acrylic Polymer Sealers
These are unique driveway sealers that are loaded with human-made chemical ingredients. Their chemical composition allows gasoline, water, oil, and UV protection. Acrylic polymer sealers are highly-priced, but their VOC emission is lower compared to other asphalt sealers. Acrylic polymer asphalt sealers have increased longevity over coal tar and other concrete pavement sealers.
Asphalt-Based Driveway Sealers
These sealers are water-resistant, but their protection against ultraviolet rays, gasoline, and oil is a little lower compared to acrylic polymer sealers. Asphalt sealers are made from additives such as crude oil. However, you may have to apply asphalt-based sealers more frequently than other pavement sealers. Asphalt sealers, on the upside, have lower VOCs, which produces less odor during application.
Coal Tar Pavement Sealants
Coal tar pavement sealants are resistant to ultraviolet rays, gasoline, oil, and water. That means they protect your pavement from elements that make a driveway deteriorate or develop cracks over time. Coal tar pavement sealants are made from additives such as refined coal and provide longer-lasting protection compared to other sealants such as asphalt-based pavement sealants. Emission of volatile organic compounds during application is the only drawback with coal tar sealants. High levels of VOCs in coal tar sealants equates to detrimental environmental effects and odor.
Epoxy sealants for concrete pavements provide a durable coat that can protect a concrete surface from elements such as excessive heat, chemicals, cold, and gasoline. Epoxy sealants reduce cracking when a concrete driveway is exposed to high-temperature levels.
Crack-Filler Driveway Sealant
These driveway sealants are available in both cold and hot-applied versions. However, builders must use a torch for the hot-applied version to heat the surface as they apply it to the cracks. You can use a caulking gun for cold-applied crack-filler sealants. Both of these versions are suitable for small cracks on a concrete driveway.
Driveway sealants are instrumental in the protection of the concrete, brick, and asphalt from wearing out. There are different types of pavement sealants out there, but each has its unique drawbacks and advantages. You can reseal your driveway with either of these sealants, depending on its condition and the protection it requires.
People layer their pavements with a sealant to protect the surface from destructive UV rays and wearing out. Experts recommend applying a fresh layer of sealant to a driveway every three years to extend its service life and maintain a beautiful look. Maintaining and caring for a driveway can save you hundreds of dollars in future repair costs.