Signs You Need to Reseal Your Asphalt Driveway

Your driveway makes up a large portion of the aesthetic of the front of your house and also experiences a great deal of wear and tear due to weather exposure. In order to maintain the appearance of your driveway, you need to regularly seal the asphalt. Thankfully, there are a few warning signs that can serve as indicators for when it's time to reseal your asphalt driveway.

Changing Colors

Over time, water exposure and temperature changes will begin to affect the color of your driveway. An asphalt driveway is usually a dark black color when first installed, but weather exposure will break down the seal and cause your asphalt driveway to begin to change to a duller gray color. It can be hard to notice this over time due to the gradual nature of the change, but there are a few ways you can tell. First, check underneath where you commonly park your vehicles or other areas of your driveway that may be somewhat sheltered from the elements. If this area is a different color than the rest of your driveway, you may want to consider resealing your driveway. Furthermore, you can compare the color of your driveway to the color of your neighbor's driveways. If your driveway seems duller and grayer, it's probably time to have it sealed.

Cracks and Potholes

Cracks and potholes, as well as any other types of physical damage to the surface of your driveway, are signs of the age of your driveway and indicate that you should have your asphalt driveway resealed. Keep in mind that in order to seal your driveway, you'll have to contact a contractor such as R Williams Paving LLC and have those cracks and potholes filled in to ensure that the damage does not spread and that the sealant can be effectively applied to your driveway. Having your driveway resealed can help such cracks and potholes from developing in the future.

Loss of Sheen

Besides a loss of color, your asphalt driveway will also begin to lose its reflectiveness, or shine, over time as it is worn down by the weather. In fact, this can sometimes happen before the color of your driveway begins to change color. You can see when the sheen of your driveway has begun to fade in the same way you can see a change in color: check covered areas of the driveway for signs of different wear and compare your driveway with your neighbors' driveways.