Sealcoating 101: Protecting Your Asphalt Investment
You wear sunscreen every day to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. How do you protect your asphalt investment? The answer - sealcoating.
Think of sealcoating as the sunscreen for your asphalt pavement. It protects it from chemicals and harsh weather elements, thereby extending its lifespan. What is sealcoating, and how does it protect your asphalt investment? Find out below.
What is sealcoating?
Whether your pavement is an asphalt driveway, parking lot, walkway, basketball court, or bike path, it can last for many years with frequent maintenance. Sealcoating should be a crucial part of your maintenance plan.
It involves applying a protective barrier that shields your asphalt from UV rays, water, oil, coolant, and other chemicals that can damage it over time.
How does sealcoating protect your asphalt investment?
Fills in small cracks
Sealcoating fills in small cracks of 1/8” and below with fresh materials, keeping out water and other harmful chemicals and ensuring your investment lasts as long as it should.
Without sealcoating, the cracks get wider and allow water into the subbase, compromising the structural integrity of the entire structure.
Prevents UV penetration
Just as the sun harms the skin over time, it also damages your asphalt pavement. UV rays cause a chemical reaction that weakens the binding agents, resulting in cracking and deterioration of the asphalt surface. Sealcoating acts as a shield, protecting your pavement.
De-icing chemicals, oil, gasoline, and coolants can eat away at your asphalt investment, damaging it and forcing you to make expensive repairs or even replacements. Sealers contain additives that prevent automotive fluids and chemicals from acting upon your asphalt pavement, making it last longer.
As your asphalt pavement gets exposed to oxygen, it gradually becomes more brittle and less elastic. Cracks then begin to appear, and other forms of deterioration set in.
Sealcoating every one or two years is a preventive measure you can employ to slow down the rate of oxidation. Instead of the asphalt surface, the sealer bears the brunt of the exposure, protecting your asphalt investment.
Makes maintenance easier
Sealcoating makes it a lot easier to clean and maintain your asphalt pavements. As sealcoating fills in the small cracks, the surface becomes smoother, making it easier to sweep and wash away dirt and other contaminants.
Let Lehigh Valley’s #1 asphalt paving company protect your investment with quality sealcoating
In addition to its protective qualities, sealcoating gives your asphalt pavement a dark, sleek, fresh appearance that instantly gives your property a facelift. However, it needs to be done right to get these results, which is why you are better off hiring Lehigh Valley’s top paving company.
Why not request an estimate and see how we can preserve the functionality and beauty of your asphalt investment?