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Driveway Sealing

How Does Your Asphalt Driveway Start Cracking?

After being exposed to sunlight for a long period of time, your asphalt driveway begins losing its flexibility.  More specifically, it is the sun’s ultraviolet rays that cause the asphalt cement to breakdown.  The mixture of the asphalt and the stone particles and sand, also known as aggregate, start to come apart.  If you live in colder climates, the asphalt cracking process is sped up.

How Do Sealers Work?

Applying an asphalt sealer to your asphalt driveway, will not only make it look nicer, it will also increase its lifespan. Asphalt sealers provide a shield for your driveway – making the elements impenetrable to it. Shine uses high grade sealant in order to maximise the lifespan of your driveway.

How Often Should a Shine Student Services Representative apply sealant to my driveway?

For newly laid asphalt

The sealant needs to be applied one year after you first applied the asphalt.  Asphalt consists of certain oils, and it remains malleable, until all the oils evaporate.  Usually, the asphalt doesn’t become fully firm until about a year. We recommend requesting a free quote from our team in order to know exactly when the optimal time of application is.

For asphalt that has already been sealed

Only apply a new coat of sealant once the previous one has worn out.  A good rule of thumb is about every 2-3 years.  Of course, this varies a bit due to weather conditions and sunlight.  If your asphalt begins to develop a grayish color though, it might be time to add a new coat of sealant, as this is a sign of intense oxidation, which leads to a breakdown of the asphalt. Contact your Shine representative for more details.