Asphalt is the most popular driveway material, but like any outdoor aspect of your home, it needs attention. Asphalt sealing is the single best way to deter cracking and expansion and as you will see below, it’s a necessary step in keeping your asphalt driveway looking as new as ever.
Driveways tend to lose their flashy tone when moisture from the air, rain or snow get inside the cracks of damaged asphalt and is exposed to freezing temperatures. When this happens, the water inside the cracks will expand, pushing the asphalt further away and causing more damage. To protect your investment, homeowners must seal their driveways periodically.
Is Asphalt Sealing A DIY Project?
Unlike certain concrete repairs, this task is best suited for the pros. If there are gouges, dings or cracks in the asphalt of your driveway, you should contact a professional.
The pros will look for the root cause of the cracking, as this can indicate serious damage or further problems down the road. Overloading of vehicles or poor drainage can cause cracks in the asphalt. A professional will be able to identify the issue and prevent it from happening for years to come.
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Asphalt Repairs & Sealing Costs
If you're considering asphalt sealing, than you most likely had one or a few of the issues I mentioned above. Either way, no matter what driveway repair job you need, few projects will come in under $1,000. According to our asphalt repair cost estimator, the average price comes in at $1,075.
Of course, this is assuming that your asphalt can be salvaged. More often than not, most driveway repair jobs involve placing a new layer of asphalt above the existing layer. However, if the old asphalt is too old or worn down to repair, it must be replaced. As you might expect, removing old asphalt and installing a new layer is much more expensive then the standard asphalt repair price of $1,075. Sadly, expect to pay $4,900 for a job like this.
Once the big repairs are completed, sealing is highly recommended.
Having even a thin layer of sealant across the top of your asphalt can go a long way in preventing the material from drying out or cracking due to temperature fluctuation. Expect to pay approximately $200 to have your asphalt sealed by a professional.
As far as material costs associated with asphalt sealing, the cost will largely depend on the size of your driveway. Obviously, larger driveways will require more sealant and thus, bring a higher price-tag. You can generally buy sealant in five-gallon buckets, which can usually be purchased for about $20. As always, you can upgrade to a higher quality sealant, but the average price is $50 for the same five-gallon bucket.
When To Apply Asphalt Sealer
A professional usually applies asphalt sealer in warm, dry weather. The sealant must have time to dry and set, just like asphalt when you first apply it to your driveway. Good thing for homeowners who live in colder climates, new sealing materials allow for cold weather application. In fact, some professional sealing companies may offer a discount if you schedule a project at the end of summer or early fall.
While the upfront costs of asphalt repair or sealing can seem intimidating, just like a nagging injury or small leak in your roof, the longer you wait, the more money you’ll end up spending.
If you think you need to repair your driveway, make sure you get free estimates from local pros sooner rather than later.