Seal coating substantially reduces maintenance costs and, at the same time, extends the life of asphalt pavements by as much as 300%. The cost of seal coating is truly a minor expense when compared to the cost of pavement replacement. A few of the benefits of seal coating are improved appearance, reduces costs, increases value, stops oxidation, resists water, and fuel penetration.
Asphalt is highly susceptible to problems with the sun, water, ice/snow, and traffic. The deterioration begins as soon as the asphalt is installed and progresses quickly as time goes on. Watch for the color to turn from a rich black color to a gray after just a few months.
Asphalt is in a constant battle against the sun and water. The sun dries out the natural oils essential for the pavement's strength and flexibility. Water is the main enemy of asphalt because of the freeze and thaw cycle. Water expands as it freezes and contracts as it melts. This cycle is extremely damaging to a porous surface, such as asphalt. Even occasional rain will break down and wash away the asphalt binder in time. Once the asphalt binder has been lost, the surface will become brittle and start to come apart, causing the flexibility to lessen and cracks to appear. Luckily, there is a way to prevent this water damage from happening and to prolong the life of your asphalt.
By sealcoating, we provide a flexible, stable, and homogeneous compound to act as a barrier for asphalt surfaces from the damaging effects of weather. Just as we put on sunscreen on our skin for protection from the sun, we put seal coating on asphalt to protest it from the same damaging rays. Sealcoating added to the porous surface of asphalt keeps water from penetrating its structure and delays the damage caused by the sun. If cracks have already appeared, seal coating will prevent those cracks from lengthening and widening.
The sealcoat we use consists of selected asphalt cements blended with specific choice polymers and mineral fillers to produce the highest quality asphalt pavement seal. The fast-drying capabilities mean less inconvenience and downtime for the property owner. Our sealcoat offers a high asphalt content, high softening point, deep black color, and excellent adhesion.
New asphalt also needs to be seal coated. Allow the new pavement to cure for 60 to 90 days and then have the surface sealcoated. Depending on the condition of your asphalt and the amount of traffic exposure you have, your asphalt should be sealcoated every 2 to 5 years to maximize protection. A fresh sealcoating also replenishes the brand new paved look of your asphalt and enhances the curb appeal of your property.