Should You Protect Your Block Paved Driveway?

sealed driveway.jpgSealing your driveway is one of the easiest as well as least expensive ways to make sure that your driveway is protected and will last as long as possible. Because driveways are exposed to the weather, and also to the wear and tear brought about by regular vehicle passage, it is best to take some steps to help your driveway counter deterioration.

Wear And Tear

Some surfaces, such as asphalt, are even more prone to wear and tear than usual. These surfaces need regular driveway sealing for protection against the elements and vehicle passage. It is also important, if you are still in the process of planning to build a driveway, to choose materials that are more durable. These materials may cost more, but they will save you more money and stress in the long run.

Upkeep And Maintenance

Think about the asphalt roads in your city. How many times have your schedule been interrupted because these are being maintained, one way or another? How many times a year have you been stuck in traffic because road maintenance?

Keep in mind that public roads are built using high grade asphalt, and they still have to be maintained regularly. The materials used for residential driveways are of lower quality than those used for public roads, so your driveway will need even more upkeep. To avoid the need for repaving, it is best to seal your driveway as soon as possible.

Water And Weather

A concrete driveway’s worst enemy is water. Water is able to weaken a driveway fast, which then makes the driveway deteriorate sooner rather than later. Concrete tends to crack when water infiltrates it and it then cracks even more under the weight of passing cars. This creates a domino effect because more cracks means more water can get in, which will again cause even more cracks, and so on. The cold UK climate adds to this as well. When you seal your driveway properly, you will be able to repel water, thereby decrease the deteriorations peed of your driveway.

Oxygen and sunlight also affect your driveway negatively. They speed up the corrosion of concrete, which leads to your driveway being weakened. Sealing your driveway acts as a sunblock. Your driveway will be protected from oxygen and the sun, not allowing them to permeate the concrete. Sealing also prevents stains from cars, like oil spills and tire tracks, from sticking to your driveway.

 

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