The elements can be harsh on asphalt. Sealcoating is a great way to protect it. Wait, what is sealcoating? Get your questions answered below.
We’ll get right to it. If you want to extend the life of your parking lot or driveway, make sealcoating part of your maintenance program.
You’re not interested in making things look pretty, you say?
There’s more to it than that — read on for the info.
What Is Sealcoating?
Asphalt sealcoating is the process of applying a protective coating to asphalt-based pavements.
This provides a layer of protection from the elements, including water, oils, and UV rays.
Sealcoating extends the life of your asphalt pavement or parking lot and lowers long-term maintenance costs.
Why Do I Need Sealcoating?
A binding agent that holds stones or aggregate mixed with asphalt together, also known as asphalt cement, degrades with time.
Basic weathering — sun and rain — are responsible for making the binder go brittle, leaving the asphalt unprotected and hastening the general deterioration of your asphalt surface.
Sealcoating provides the layer of protection you need to block out the elements that cause this damage, and therefore prolongs the life of your parking lot or pavement.
What Else Does Sealcoating Do?
Sealcoating provides a slip-resistant surface with a deep black finish that beautifies the parking lot or driveway.
Seal coats are most often either bituminous products or acrylics.
Aesthetics aside, if your pavement or parking lot is a public space, it’s good to have peace of mind about this extra safety feature that sealcoating provides.
How Is Sealcoating Applied?
Sealcoat (whether bituminous or acrylic) comes as a liquid emulsion, mixed with water, silica sand, polymer additives, and other fillers and solids, depending on the brand of the product.
The emulsion can be applied by brush, spray, or squeegee.
How Often Do I Need to Sealcoat?
Regular sealcoating every two to three years is generally thought to more than double the life of the asphalt.
This will save you thousands of dollars and does away with the need to replace the pavement completely.
You might want to get in touch with us to find out whether you should take advantage of our other asphalt services first.
It all depends on the condition of your asphalt surface or pavement to begin with.
Can I Do the Job Myself?
You could — but you know we’re going to say it’s better to let the professionals do the job.
There are a few steps to the process if you want to do the job right.
- You need to apply at least two coats
- The ambient temperature must be at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit and rising for not less than 24 hours
- You need to allow a curing period of 24 hours once the sealcoating has been applied before allowing vehicle traffic back on the surface
Depending on the area that needs to be covered, it is pretty obvious that this is likely to be a team activity that needs to get the timing right and handle the process efficiently.
Don’t take our word for it — see what others say about our asphalt paving work.
A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever
Without getting too poetic about it, did we mention how beautiful your sealed asphalt will look when done?
It’s also easier to keep clean, and that will impress customers and neighbors alike.
The real question is not what is sealcoating without asphalt, but what is asphalt without sealcoating.
If you need answers to that and other questions, drop us a line at 806-744-2592. Let’s attend to your sealcoating needs!