Is Seal Coating Right for You?
The short answer is yes. Virtually all pavements will benefit greatly from having seal coating applied within the first year of being newly installed and every 2 to 4 years after. Without this maintenance, every year the cost of repairs will escalate, costing you more money in the long term than the relatively inexpensive seal coating.
The Benefits of Regular Sealcoating
Whether you have a small driveway or large parking lot, your pavement is a significant investment. Having seal coating applied to your asphalt surface goes a long way in protecting that investment by extending your pavement’s life. Regular seal coating will combat the detrimental effects of oil and gasoline, aging, UV damage, and water.
What is Sealcoating?
An asphalt seal coat is a protective coating applied to an asphalt surface. It creates a protective layer that slows down wearing, preventing water and other liquids from reaching the lower layers, as well as protecting the pavement from being damaged by sunlight. Sealcoating is a vital part of maintaining a healthy and great looking parking lot or driveway. However, it wears out in a short time. It is important to have a fresh seal coat applied every 2 to 4 years to prevent degradation which can lead to costly repairs in the long term.
From the minute your pavement sets, it starts to degrade from exposure to air and sunlight. Anything you can do to slow this process down will extend the life of the pavement. So while some oxidation is necessary, you need to seal coat your pavement before it goes too far. Eventually, your pavement will become brittle and begin to crack. Sealcoating needs to be applied before the asphalt reaches this stage.
As a part of a comprehensive maintenance plan including crack filling and patching, seal coating will help your parking lot or driveway maintain an appearance of being near brand-new. An appealing parking lot or driveway does wonders for improving the curb appeal of your home or business. It will contribute to maintaining a darker color that will make your striping, curbing, and landscaping stands out in your neighborhood. Having pavement that looks good will make your home or business more appealing, increasing its overall value as well of your property investment.
Sealcoating – Frederick
Why should you seal your driveway? Because asphalt pavements only last the course of what is known as the “service life”, meaning the condition and life expectancy tends to depend on the level of traffic incurred by the pavement, along with the kind of weather conditions exposed to each year. More commonly known as preventive maintenance, sealing helps prolong the life of your pavement. Also, it ensures that your driveway or paving job gives you less trouble in terms of needed repairs. As a result, you can have peace of mind, not having to worry about the next time the professionals have to come inspect and maintain your asphalt pavement! Sealing pavement helps close small cracks, which would over time turn in to large fissures and cause water to seep down into the base material. Also, the dark black color of the newly applied seal coat would also help to improve the appearance of both old and new asphalt. Which also contributes to making your driveway or parking lot look brand new! New seal coating could also help to preserve the resilience of asphalt surfaces, hiding small cracks, rough spots, and patches as well as making the traffic lines on the parking lots more visible. The main reason why so many people tend to run into trouble on the road is that they can’t see the road lines clearly. But thanks to proper seal coating, drivers can feel safe and in charge as they pull into your business.
Asphalt Sealing – Step By Step
Before you decide to seal a driveway, the ground temperature must be about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Ensure there is no rain forecasted for next three days. Preparing to seal an asphalt pavement requires a lot of preparation. Your body will need adequate protection. Cover it up properly, so your skin does not come in contact with the harmful chemicals of the sealer. Avoid inhaling vapors produced by sealants. Remove the grass at the edges of the road. With a special detergent, remove any gas or oil stains. Sweep the surface clean. Fill in the cracks with patching compound (available at home improvement centers). Allow plenty of time for the compound to dry. Follow all the instructions carefully when dealing with dangerous chemicals. In case you missed any dirt during sweeping, hose down the surface. A pressure washer would be ideal for this job! Mix the content of the tub of asphalt sealer by turning it upside down. For the sealant to remain well mixed, once you’ve opened the container, stir the mixture occasionally. Start applying your asphalt sealer with a long-handled squeegee. You may find it easier to work one small square section at a time. During drying time, which is at least 24 hours, the surface should not be used by vehicles or pedestrians.
Seal Coating F.A.Q.
A) Everyone wants a long lasting, beautiful looking asphalt pavement! You’ll need an effective sealant to ensure a gorgeous finish on your sidewalk or driveway. The sealer sits on top of a road and acts as the barrier that prevents car fluids, water, ice, salt, and other chemicals from damaging the surface. Why is it crucial to seal an asphalt driveway, you may ask? When water seeps into the subgrade (the base), its compromises the strength of the material. As a result, dangerous potholes can form. Also, water trapped in the cracks can freeze in the winter months and cause additional damage when it thaws. Even if you live in warmer climates, grass can grow through the cracks in the road further deteriorate it. Finally, sealing asphalt prevents damage from UV light and gas spills. Depending on your location, the frequency of applying driveway seals may differ. If you live in a cold climate, ideally you’ll want to reseal about every two years.
A) Ideally, you should wait no more than 3-4 years from the time of installation before having your driveway seal coated. However, depending on the extent of wear and tears, you may have to do it sooner than that. After the first seal coating, we recommend that you repeat the process once every two to three years.
A) You should avoid sealcoating too frequently as it may lead to the accumulation of excess material, causing poor surface appearance.
A) In short, no! Extreme weather conditions often cause asphalt to dry out which then results in a brittle and degrading surface that needs to be replaced. With good quality sealants, the asphalt underneath remains protected from excess heat, cold, rain, salt and other factors. Moreover, new asphalt is generally rich in glues and oils and therefore, can provide a smoother surface with more flexibility for ground shifting.
A) Ideally, you should let the coat settle for 24 hours once it is applied. You do not have to worry about it, though. We will make sure to block the driveway off for you.
A) It would be impossible to determine set costs since materials and the size of every project may vary. In truth, hiring a quality contractor will cost around $50 to $100 more per 1000 square feet than doing a job yourself. In 2013, the average price for a seal coat job was $385. However, hiring contractors have one significant advantage: they will do it right the first time. Professionals will know what materials to use, which sealers to avoid, and how often your driveway or parking lot will need to be sealed. If you do the job yourself, you will save some money. But, if you hire professionals, benefits will outweigh your savings by far. Still, be aware of any hidden costs. Give us a call and even provide a free estimate. Sources:
- How Much Does it Cost to Seal an Asphalt Driveway? (2013, February 28). Retrieved August 30, 2017, from https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-seal-asphalt-driveway.htm
How to Get Started
Call Limitless Paving & Concrete Today If you have been neglecting your parking lot or driveway maintenance, you can’t afford to wait any longer. Call Limitless Paving & Concrete today and start your comprehensive maintenance plan today. Our professional pavers are experts in providing seal coating to help protect the asphalt both from the harmful effects of chemical spills, such as gasoline and oil, and from the sun.