There are many applications for commercial asphalt sealcoating. You may have a driveway, parking lot or walkway that is deteriorating. A nice sealcoat will have it looking like new. Sealcoating is not limited to asphalt applications. It can also be used to cover concrete pavements. It is recommended that sealcoating be applied to your pavement every one to two years. This treatment is performed to prolong the life of the asphalt surface. An asphalt driveway and parking lot can last 10 to 30 years. To get another 10 years of service out of it, a simple sealcoating will do the trick.
The Benefits Of Asphalt Sealcoating
When you apply a sealcoating regularly, you reduce long term repair costs. When done correctly, a well applied sealcoat will protect the surface from oxidation, oil and chemical spills. Oil from cars and anti-freeze can cause significant asphalt failure. When asphalt becomes oxidized, it turns grey and starts to crack – not a good look. The sealcoat also prevents water from penetrating beneath the surface. Customers associate your exterior curb appeal with the quality of products and services you offer. A well applied sealcoat will keep you premises looking good and inviting.
What To Expect
Before the sealcoat is applied, we must first remove any debris, oils and chipped concrete from the surface. Cleaning the surface helps the sealcoat to adhere. Depending on the size of the affected area, it may take one to two hours to apply the sealcoat. Once applied you will be able to walk on it within one hour. Driveways and parking lots require 48 hours of drying time before vehicles will be able to drive on it without destroying the newly applied surface. Even after 48 hours, you will notice a few scuff marks. This is normal, although we don’t recommend sharp turns when the vehicle is stopped.
Proper Sealcoat Maintenance
Asphalt is a very flexible and porous material. Although it is extremely durable, to prolong its lifespan, it must be properly maintained. This means that whenever possible, you should avoid using anti-freeze and commercial oils. Obviously, this is a nearly impossible task for areas whose purpose is to store parked vehicles. It is industry standard to apply a sealcoat every one to two years. If you neglect to properly maintain the pavement, it will lead to premature asphalt failure. Instead of paying for a minor coating, you will end up coming out of pocket for more serious repairs. This type of maintenance is also true with Residential Asphalt Sealcoating as well.
Types Of Sealcoats
The type of sealcoat applied is dependent upon the location, level of usage and current condition of the surface. Our contractors will typically use a polymer modified master seal. Aggregates are made up of various rock and mineral particles. Chip sealing is the least expensive form of sealcoat. It is applied using one layer of asphalt and another layer of aggregate. This will buy you some time if you’re looking to postpone a new install, but the rough surface will degrade faster than desired because of the friction between the rough surface and rubber tires. Fog sealants are great for low traffic areas. Although they are inexpensive, they are not as durable due to its very thin surface.
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