Sealcoating your asphalt surface - Why Sealcoat?
By constantine70043805, Mar 15 2018 12:07PM
Sealcoating will lower your cost on asphalt over time. Taking care of your pavement will prevent costly repairs or replacement. Maintenance is the name of the game. Just like changing the oil in your vehicle. Sealcoating helps protect your asphalt surface for pennies on the dollar. Asphalt exponentially deteriorates if you do not address any issues. Asphalt contains oils, sand, and aggregate. Over time without protection those oils will dry out and begin to oxidize. Asphalt is naturally flexible. Overtime it will lose its flexibility and either crack or become brittle which can lead to unraveling.
Sealcoat protects the asphalt surface from the sun. The sun has UV rays which will cause the damage like I had talked about above. Think of it as a more permanent Sun block. It also acts as a water barrier. Providing a smoother surface for water to run off your surface into proper drains rather than creating damaging pot holes or cracks.
Asphalt sealer acts as a protective coating to all chemicals. Some of the more popular include salt, motor oil, antifreeze, gas or diesel. These chemicals provide properties to aid in the deterioration of your asphalt surface.
Naturally sealer looks amazing on any residential and commercial application. The asphalt gets that clean jet black look it has right after it has been paved. It makes any home or parking lot instantly stand out.
I have included an estimated cost savings over time with regular asphalt maintenance. Do not hesitate to address and asphalt issues you may have. With anything it gets worse overtime and before you know it you may wish you had acted upon reading this article. Don’t let me say I told you so.
There is also a good illustration of how the sealer acts as a barrier/protectant to the asphalt
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It's interesting that you talked about how seal coating keeps UV rays from damaging asphalt. My wife and I have been thinking about installing a new asphalt driveway. It would be smart to have it coated because our house is exposed to lots of suns. http://www.oregonpavingco.com/services
It's good to sealcoat asphalt once parking lines and markings are chipped or faded, to create a smooth dark surface for new lines. Great info, thanks!