When to seal a new asphalt driveway is a very important question and one of the most commonly asked questions about asphalt driveway sealcoating.
There are a lot of different answers out there depending on who you ask.
Sealing an asphalt driveway too soon after installation can be detrimental to the asphalt. Once it’s installed, asphalt begins the curing process immediately, starting from the outside in. Sealing too soon can actually damage the surface and cause it to become soft, deteriorating when it's driven on.
Most experts agree, and most sealer manufacturers recommend waiting to seal your new asphalt driveway for a minimum of 6 months after installation.
Video: The Added Warranty Pitch
If you seal it sooner than 6 months, you're taking a big risk of ruining the surface of the asphalt.
As a matter of fact, some contractors may try to sell you on sealing a new asphalt driveway or new asphalt overlay immediately after paving it. We call this, "The Added Warranty Pitch".
Benefits Of Sealing Within The First Year
On the other hand, consider this. When your new asphalt driveway is first installed, it's nice and smooth. To keep that smooth look to your driveway for years to come, I always recommend to my customers to be sure and seal it within the first 9 to 12 months.
This will keep your driveway looking smooth for much, much longer.