The Importance of InsulationThe Importance of Insulation

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The Importance of Insulation

After living in our first home for a few years, my wife and I could tell that something was wrong. It was exceptionally difficult to regulate our indoor climate, and we constantly found ourselves adjusting the thermostat. Our house was perpetually uncomfortable, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, because we decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor to inspect our system, we were able to detect serious insulation problems early. We decided that it might be helpful to make a website dedicated to providing free information about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so that other people could recognize serious issues.


Turning Back The Clock On Your Tired Old Driveway: Options

Humans, in general, favor things that are new. Babies, new cars, flowers in the spring, new homes, etc., are all things most people love. It stands to reason, then, that an old, tired-looking asphalt driveway is not something you like. Thankfully, you do have a few options for turning back the clock and the effects of wind and weather on your driveway.


Sealcoat is a clay and oil emulsion. It is thick, black, and almost looks like tar, minus the gritty, rockiness of the bitumen. It is evenly spread by an asphalt contractor all over the length and width of your driveway. Once the sealcoating dries, your driveway looks brand-spanking-new. Of course, if you have some big cracks or chunks missing from the asphalt, you are going to want to complete some asphalt repairs first.

Patching, Filling, and Then Sealcoating

Chunks of missing asphalt and large cracks in your driveway are not ideal for sealcoating alone. Your asphalt contractor will need to fill and repair these damages first. Fresh asphalt can fill the potholes, while crack filler can fill in the cracks. Then the sealcoating can go over the top. If your driveway is in extremely bad shape, you may need a total overhaul on the asphalt first.

A Completely New Asphalt Driveway

When there is just no way that sealcoating alone or sealcoating with asphalt patching and repair is going to better your driveway, you are going to have to have the asphalt contractor rip up the whole driveway. Then he/she can lay down new concrete for stability and cover it with fresh asphalt. Sometimes sealcoating may be applied later to make the driveway appear really black, even and flat. Sometimes the new driveway does not need the sealcoating. It just depends on the contractor.

Talk to a Contractor to See What He/She Recommends

Talk to a contractor (or, preferably, several) to see what he/she recommends for your driveway. Sealcoating is meant to "refresh" the look of your driveway, but a lot of obvious wear and tear is not going to be covered by this application. Most asphalt contractors can tell you exactly what your driveway needs for a "facelift." You should talk to more than one contractor to see if there is a general consensus, and to get more than one quote for this job. Additional sealcoat applications six to twelve months after the professionals have done it can be completed by you.