Pros and Cons of Sealing Asphalt Driveway

Asphalt is often used for driveways because it’s both affordable and durable. But an asphalt driveway works at its best when it is properly and professionally sealed.  Your driveway is an extension of your home and it’s important that it looks nice now and for many years to come. If you are considering adding an asphalt driveway, here are the pros and cons of sealing your asphalt driveway.

Pros of Sealing Asphalt Driveway

A new driveway is an investment, and you want to keep that investment in top shape for as long as possible. It looks better and functions better when it’s properly taken care of.

Restores the Look of Asphalt

Restores the Look of Asphalt

Over the years, asphalt will begin to fade. The wear and tear from your vehicles, the blaring sun, and other extreme weather conditions can wear off the sheen of asphalt.

Applying asphalt sealer will refresh the look of your driveway and provide a glossy black colour.

Prevents Damage

Asphalt is softer than most concrete and paver stone driveways and therefore more susceptible to damage.

Asphalt driveway sealer will help to protect the surface from holes, fading, and cracks.

Asphalt driveway sealer to protect the surface
Prevents Potholes 

Prevents Potholes 

If your driveway starts to develop holes and small cracks, and if it is left untreated, they will turn into larger holes and potholes.

Once this happens, you need to have them repaired. It’s much more cost-effective to invest in asphalt driveway sealer which helps to prevent potholes in the first place.


Sealing your paved asphalt driveway right away will save you a lot of trouble down the line. It is much more expensive to have it repaired or replaced. Why invest in new asphalt and not protect it right away?

New asphalt installations can cost a lot of money. If you seal coat your driveway every couple of years, you can avoid any expensive repairs.

New asphalt installations

Cons of Sealing Asphalt Driveway

As with anything, there are also a few downsides to asphalt sealing. If you keep it maintained, your annual costs will be manageable.

Fresh Asphalt

Cannot Apply Sealing to Fresh Asphalt

If you have recently installed a new asphalt driveway, you will need to wait until it has completely cured before applying a sealant.

This can take upwards of six months.

Maintenance Required for Asphalt

Unlike concrete, asphalt needs to be maintained. Keep it clean and have it inspected and resealed every few years to keep it in the best condition.

Make sure to keep debris off of your driveway to avoid any damages.

Maintenance Required for Asphalt
asphalt driveways

Asphalt Should Be in Good Condition

Not all asphalt driveways can be sealed. If your driveway is old and damaged, you will need to have this tended to first.

Once repaired, it will still need a cure before the sealant can be applied.

Contact the Pros

If you want more information on how to seal an asphalt driveway or have any other questions about paving, contact us at VIP Paving. Our team of experts has years of knowledge and experience to bring you top-quality workmanship every time.

Trust VIP Paving for your next professional driveway sealing project. We have completed paving projects all across the GTA and we can provide you with tips on asphalt maintenance. We are the premium paving company in the GTA.