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I Am My Father's Daughter

Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.

I Am My Father's Daughter

The 3 Options For Seal Coating Your Home's Long Asphalt Driveway

Beatrice Reid

If your home has a long asphalt driveway that needs to be seal coated, then it is important that you understand the three seal coating options that your have to choose from. Seal coating asphalt is vital to provide protection against weather and traffic damage to the pavement's surface.

Here is some information on each of the three options you have to choose between for seal coating your home's driveway:

Option #1: Asphalt Emulsion Seal Coating

Asphalt emulsion seal coating products are the least expensive and least effective options for seal coating your home's driveway. The reason for this is that the asphalt emulsion is made from the same materials as your existing asphalt pavement. This makes the sealant susceptible to the same type of damage as unsealed asphalt. 

If you choose to use an asphalt emulsion sealant, then you need to be prepared to have it re-applied each year. Without yearly re-application, your home's asphalt driveway will show signs of wear from the weather and stains caused by oil and gasoline from vehicles traveling along the roadway.

Option #2: Coal Tar Asphalt Seal Coating

Coal tar seal coatings are mid-priced, mid-effective products for sealing your home's asphalt driveway. This type of sealant is made from refined coal.

The coal tar seal coating will provide a high level of protection from:

  • the weather
  • the sun's UV rays
  • water
  • oils
  • gasoline

However, coal tar asphalt sealants do come with one major disadvantage. Coal tar seal coatings all contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to people and the environment. For this reason, many consumers choose to use an acrylic polymer sealant instead of coal tar products.

Option #3: Acrylic Polymer Asphalt Seal Coating

Acrylic polymer asphalt seal coating products are the highest priced on the market. However, they are also the most effective and long-lasting coatings you can have applied to your home's driveway.

Acrylic polymer seal coatings absorb into the structure of the asphalt driveway and protect it with a cured layer of acrylic polymer on the surface. Acrylic polymer seal coatings are very durable and protect your asphalt's surface from all of the same things as coal tar sealants do, but they lack the harmful VOC off-gassing problems.


Now that you understand the three different options for seal coating your home's long asphalt driveway, you should contact a local asphalt paving company to schedule an appointment. To find out more about driveways, speak with a business likeLSC Construction Services, Inc.