What is Sealcoating?

Asphalt pavement in its basic form is composed of either stone or rock as well as the binder. The aggregate or stone is held together by this binder which is also called asphalt cement. The binder is produced by the process of distillation that is used to make various crude oils. It is vital to maintain this binder in preventing the degrading in asphalt-based surfaces. Rain, U.V. radiations and the chemicals that they enter the asphalt will cause degrading of the binder and start the process of deterioration of the asphalt. This will result in an asphalt surface that becomes brittle. To minimize the impact from these components, it’s crucial to have a regular maintenance program that uses sealing to prolong the lifespan of your parking space or driveway Sealcoating.

Sealcoating provides the protection needed to block away the elements of water as well as oils as well as U.V. damage. Additionally when it is applied in accordance with the specifications of the manufacturer, sealing creates a non-slip surface with a black surface that enhances the driveway or parking area in addition. Water penetration and oxidation are the most common reasons for asphalt pavement failure. The ultraviolet rays of the sun break down the asphalt binder which is responsible for holding the pavement together. When moisture is allowed penetrate cracks in the pavement can cause the base to deteriorate, leading to potholes and a general breakdown of the pavement. It also erodes the pavement’s pores which causes further erosion aswell freezing damage.

Sealcoats are generally bituminous-based product or acrylics. The sealcoat is the form of a liquid that is composed of one of these emulsions that is mixed with water silica sand polymer additives as well as other solids and fillers that are made by proprietary fillers. They can be applied with a spray, brush or squeezer. A regular sealcoating program can more than double the lifespan of asphalt, saving you money down the road. Instead of paying thousands of dollars to install new asphalt, it’s cheaper to pay just pennies per square foot for maintaining the pavement.

When applying a sealcoating solution adhere to the steps below to ensure the best protection and optimal performance. At least two coats is required. The temperature must be at between 50 and 50°C and rise over a period of at least 24 hours. Don’t apply when temperatures are predicted to drop lower than 50 degrees. Don’t apply if there is a possibility of rain within the same 24-hour time. After the application of sealcoat allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before allowing to return to the pavement.

For a summary, sealing your asphalt at least every 2 to 3 years is sure to prolong the life of your asphalt surface at little cost. When properly applied and in the appropriate time, sealcoating will prevent oxidation and stops weather-related wear and also beautifies the pavement.