Sealcoating protects pavement from the elements by creating a protective barrier over the surface. Sealcoating is usually done every two to three years to keep your sealcoat in good condition.
While sealcoating is a simple process, it is crucial to take the time to do it correctly for the best result. There are sealcoating mistakes that can be made, which will make your sealcoated driveway look aged and worn very quickly. However, some of these mistakes will only be evident later!
This article will go over sealcoating mistakes that many property owners make without realizing until their sealer has already dried.
Not Ensuring that the Sealant is Applied Evenly
This will lead to the sealant wearing off unevenly where it is thicker or thinner, which can cause problems in future years. For example, if there were spots that weren’t sealed well during sealcoating, water would have a place to pool up and get underneath your driveway’s sealant. This can cause cracking, splitting, or even creating a pothole in the sealant over time where water has pooled up underneath it.
Applying Only One Coat of Sealant Instead of Two
Another sealcoating mistake is not applying a second coat of sealant after the first one has dried. If this step is skipped, water and other elements will get underneath your sealcoat over time which causes damage and wear down. For best results, make sure you apply two coats of sealer instead of just one.
Not Purchasing the Right Sealant
When sealcoating your driveway, you must use a suitable sealant. Using a low-quality sealer will not last as long and is more likely to make your surface vulnerable to damage. Make sure when sealcoating your driveway you purchase high quality sealer with all-weather capabilities. Make sure to buy a sealer that matches the type of surface you are dealing with because certain sealers are not meant for concrete surfaces and will damage them over time.
Not Waiting for the Right Weather
Make sure to sealcoat your driveway or parking lot during the warmer months when the asphalt is soft and pliable. If a sealcoat is applied to cold asphalt or concrete, the sealer will not cure correctly and leave stains on your surface that are hard to remove later on. The ideal temperature for sealcoating is 50+ degrees, and if the sealer is applied at temperatures under 50 degrees, the sealcoat will not adhere to your surface well.
With a bit of help from Straight Edge Contractors in Las Cruces, NM, you can avoid the paving and sealcoating mistakes that keep property owners up at night. Get your free estimate today and see how our asphalt paving and sealcoating services can save you time and money by sealing your driveway the right way, the first time!