Aside from your new paving material looking fantastic, the most important element of your surfaces maintenance is the seal coating. This is applied to asphalt to protect it from the daily elements which can wreak havoc on its appearance and durability. It’s an excellent way to protect your investment and save on potential repair costs, as seal coating protects asphalt from salt, ice, snow, sunlight, gas, and oil, too.
It also enhances the black finish of the asphalt, but aside from that, it makes cleaning and sweeping your new surface much easier. The majority of people don’t realize that seal coating costs very little when compared to the cost of paving. So, it makes perfect sense to protect your investment with seal coating and we’re on hand to assist. Wouldn’t you rather spend a little extra now to protect the lifespan of your new paved area? Seal coating extends the life of asphalt considerably, meaning you’re not going to need to worry about a repave for years to come.
What does the process of seal coating look like? It generally involves a coal tar pitch or asphalt mixed with water, fillers, additives, or emulsifying agents. It is then applied to the new paved area in thin coats to seal the paving from the elements and more.
- A seal coat on your asphalt doesn’t just make the pavement look new, it also wears like new.
- Prevents water penetration.
- A seal coat fills the voids in the surface, thus reducing UV ray and oxygen exposure. It also reduces the depth with which chemicals and water can penetrate. It’s much like waterproofing agent.
- Resits chemical spills.
- Oil leaking from your car and gasoline drops soften asphalt when it has been left unsealed. A seal coat offers protection from the elements.
- Easy to maintain.
- A seal coat provides you with a smoother surface, thus making it easier to clean.
- The darker your asphalt is, the more heat it will draw from the sun. As it gets hotter it becomes more pliable, thus withstanding the effects of traffic without chipping and cracking. Seal coat makes your asphalt darker.
- Pressure washing is safe.
- You may have a variety of reasons to pressure wash your new paving, you won’t need to worry about causing damage once you have a seal coat applied to your asphalt. This is especially true of restaurant spaces that house dumpsters.
- Cost effective.
- Asphalt costs vary and are affected by the price of crude oil. A seal coat preserves your asphalt for just pennies by the square foot, extending its life.
The Preparation & Application
Before pavement can be sealed, cracks and structural failures must be repaired. Any potholes will be replaced or removed, and cracks will be cleaned out thoroughly and then filled. Additionally, any oil spots will be primed or cleaned.
When the pavement is ready, the application can begin.
Facts about Seal Coating
We only apply seal coat in optimum conditions. It is most effective when applied under the right weather conditions, therefore, the pavement and air temperature should be around 55 degrees or higher. Once the surfaced has been sealed it will need to be free of foot and vehicle traffic for at least 18 hours, up to 36 hours. If your business can’t handle that type of disruption, we’re happy to work with you to complete the seal coat in separate mobilizations.
Does your asphalt paving need a seal coat? Call us to discuss your options.