Take a long, hard look at your driveway or parking lot, and decide whether it’s acceptable to neglect the graying asphalt, get it repaved, or take the rejuvenate & seal coat step?
Straight Edge Contractors suggest repaving as the consequential norm for pavement that can’t be recovered due to years of pavement distresses like ruts, cracks, slippage, & potholes. But where your asphalt is just a bit cracked and gray, you can take the seal coat route to revive your surfaces!
Sealcoating: A Review
It is a class of surface protectants & treatments, usually exclusive to asphalt pavement, involving bituminous material emulsified in an aqueous solution. The liquid is heated & dispensed over pavement, allowed to cure, and then it protects the asphalt from oxidation & pavement failure.
- Spray or squeegee are the two most common techniques for applying sealer.
- You need clean, oil-free asphalt surfaces for the coat to adsorb onto the pavement.
- Humid or cold weather does not favor seal coats or emulsions. Care should be taken to restrict seal coats to stable summer months.
- Keep an eye out for rain or sources of humidity that can interfere with the coat’s adhesion to the pavement.
- To ensure a successful seal coating, the air and pavement temperatures should be at least 55°F for the duration of the application and for eight hours after it is completed.
Facts & Benefits!
- Asphalt pavement is almost indestructible, thanks to the seal coat that fills surface damage and gives a protective barrier against eroding UV rays, vehicle fluids, and water.
- A regular coating on your asphalt driveway can save you money in the long run. A properly cared for and sealed asphalt pavement has a longer lifespan and reduces future repair expenses.
- As the asphalt pavement is exposed to the elements, it becomes worn over time. Asphalt looks and feels like new after a fresh seal coat application.
- Sealing the pavement with epoxy sealer hastens roadways’ snow and ice melting process. This helps prevent water intrusion, rain, frost, and snow damage.
- Among seal coats, the emulsions emerged as a protective coating that can work to some degree at colder temperatures above freezing.
The Cost-Effective Part?
Essentially, when your asphalt pavement, parking lot, driveway, or even an outdoor sports court are protected by a variant of a seal coat, that means curb erosion & pavement longevity. That means fewer repair intervals, though you have to remain regular on annual maintenance.
The longer your parking lot pavement maintains a blacktop, the more attractive it is to visitors with business in the surrounding areas.
A seal coat helps you gain maintenance & repair savings because the asphalt is protected from reactive damage from the weather & vehicles. If you want to keep your asphalt surfaces performing optimally, you better sign up with us, Straight Edge Contractors, for repairs, drainage design, ADA compliance & much more.