Asphalt Sealing Costs
Asphalt is the one of the most commonly used applications for driveways especially for residential sections. While a good asphalt job can last a very long time, exposure to the elements, compounded with regular wear and tear, can cause significant damage to your driveway or path. The longer you wait to repair the damage, the more money you will end up spending to do so.
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Over an extended period of time, any asphalt job is going to weaken, causing cracks, stains, flaking or chipping. Because it is exposed to Mother Nature, this can lead to a very quick deterioration. When moisture from the air, rain or snow gets inside the cracks of damaged asphalt and is exposed to freezing temperatures, the water inside the cracks will expand, pushing the asphalt further away and causing more damage. Properly maintained asphalt, which includes periodic sealing, is absolutely essential to protecting your black top investment.
As far as material costs associated to seal asphalt paving, the first thing to consider is the size of the job. If you are resurfacing and sealing an entire driveway, you will naturally require more sealant. Generally sold in five-gallon buckets, sealant can range in price, depending on your individual needs. Inexpensive materials can be purchased for around $20 a bucket. Lower quality sealants may be subject to more restrictions.
Very often asphalt sealant must be applied in warm, dry weather to ensure it has time to properly dry and set. The newest materials available to reseal or refinish your driveway allow for cold weather application, and provide a much more permanent and visually appealing final product. These higher quality sealants can sell for as much as $50 a bucket. If you have a large driveway, the cost of materials can climb quickly. Overall, your material costs will be completely dependent on the size and amount of damage to the existing asphalt.
Labor costs associated with resealing asphalt should be reasonable, although time consuming. A mason is not needed in most cases as the majority of general contractors can complete this task. In addition, there are companies that specialize in asphalt work specifically. This is worth considering if your job is particularly complex or large.
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Last updated on Mar 31, 2016
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