Sealcoating is a preventive maintenance process homeowners can have done to extend the life of their outdoor surfaces, including driveways, walkways, patios, pool decks, balconies, entryways, or any other surface with a hard surface. Sealcoating with asphalt protects the environment by preventing water damage and blocking UV rays that break down concrete. The following guide for sealcoating will help you understand out they can protect your outdoor surfaces:

What Is Sealcoating?

Sealcoating is a protective coating over an existing surface. It is used to coat or seal the top layer of the pavement to protect against ultraviolet light, moisture, and chemicals like oil from your car. It protects any area where you have already experienced damage due to environmental elements. Some examples of elements that cause damage to outdoor surfaces include salt, rain, ice, and exposure to sunlight. Asphalt doesn't do well in direct sunlight—it dries up brittle and weak. Sealcoating prevents this damage to asphalt, but it can also be used to protect concrete and other materials that are used for outdoor surfaces.

Surfaces That Can Be Protected with Sealcoating

There are different types of sealants that are used for various surfaces around your home. Some of the different surfaces that can benefit from sealcoating include:

  • Driveways—The driveway might be one of the main areas where you want to invest in sealcoating.
  • Patios—You can use different types of sealcoating for your patios. Whether your patio is made of stone or brick pavers or stamped pavement, sealcoating the surface will protect it from weathering and wear that can lead to serious damage.
  • Decks—Your outdoor deck might also benefit from sealcoating. This is often sealing wood of conventional decking, but other surfaces for decks can be sealed using a sealcoating process. If your want a lightweight concrete deck surface, sealcoating will protect the surface and the space beneath it.
  • Stairs—Often, there are outdoor stairs that are made of concrete or masonry in your landscaping. These hardscaping features can benefit from sealcoating to help prevent the wear and tear that causes them to deteriorate over time.

Each time of surface might use a different sealant to protect it from wear, but most of the hardscaping and pavement surfaces around your home can be protected with some sort of sealcoating.

If you have pavements and other surfaces that are exposed to the elements, contact a sealcoating service for more information and to get started.