The Difference between Asphalt Paving and Sealcoating


asphalt being laid down When to Take Notice of Your Driveway

If you’ve been a homeowner for over five years and have yet to take notice of the condition your driveway is in, now might be the time.  Driveways that haven’t had any maintenance done to them in five or ten years might have cracks, weeds growing through those cracks, or a level imbalance of the driveway.  All of this can be fixed with the simple service of asphalt paving.  If you’re city government allows it, your best bet is to have your whole driveway redone and be put on a yearly maintenance program.  Some people get confused though of the terms asphalt paving and sealcoating though.  They’re not the same thing, but similar to each other.  One of the biggest differences though is the price of each one.  A new asphalt driveway would also go great complimenting your new vinyl replacement windows you just had installed by Wallside Windows.    


Asphalt Paving

If you do happen to get your driveway totally redone, after all of the old concrete gets disposed of asphalt paving would be the next step in the process which is steamrolling the asphalt onto the area where you’re driveway is.  Although, this is the process of putting in a whole new driveway, this is also the process if you want another layer put on top of the asphalt driveway that you already have.  This process can be done relatively quickly depending on the size of your driveway.  This is also the much more expensive one out of the two.  



The process of sealcoating is the cheaper one of the two and it’s for great reasons.  Sealcoating may sound difficult, but can actually be completed in minutes and isn’t very costly.  Many asphalt and sealcoating companies recommend that you go on a yearly maintenance program to avoid any long-term problems that your driveway may encounter.  The yearly maintenance program would include an annual sealcoating procedure that extends the life of the pavement, and protects it from common weather conditions like rain and snow that would cause it to erode otherwise.  Yearly sealcoating can sometimes double the lifespan of an asphalt driveway and will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.  Sealcoating instead of asphalt paving is also ten times less expensive in some cases.  


Now that you know the difference between asphalt paving and sealcoating, you can go on with maintaining your driveway the proper way.  We want to save you money in the long run just like we want you to save money on your windows in the long run by having Wallside Windows install the proper windows necessary.  Your driveway will look brand new after you have it properly asphalted along with having it sealcoated every year after that.