We perform maintenance on our homes and offices to keep it in top condition and to protect it against future problems. Why not do the same for your asphalt? Sealcoating your asphalt is comparable to painting your home to prevent wood surfaces from deteriorating. By sealing your blacktop, it will last far longer than it would if it was not sealed. Even if your pavement is in less than optimal condition, sealcoating will help preserve the elastic and adhesive characteristics of the asphalt binder. It will also keep out water and protect against the oxidizing effects of sun, salt, and petroleum.
What is Sealcoating?
As the name suggests, sealcoating provides a protective barrier against oxidation and deteriorating. When sealing, a thin, liquid layer is added over the paved surface. As the surface is exposed to the elements, instead of your actual pavement deteriorating, the seal coat is put in place and wears away. Within 1-2 years of installation and regularly scheduled maintenance, it may significantly prolong the life of your driveway or parking lot. The best maintenance is preventative maintenance. While it may not cure existing issues, sealing will help further damage from forming in the first place.
Sealcoating Protects Your Pavement Against:
- Chemical spills
- Water penetration
- Snow damage
The Benefits of Asphalt Sealcoating:
Extends the Life Cycle
It’s no secret that sealcoating will make your asphalt last longer. As soon as asphalt is laid, it begins to deteriorate. Combined with the effects of the sun, rain, air pollution, gasoline, oil, and other daily exposures, can leave you with a big problem if your surface is unsealed. Over time, the asphalt binder will break down, making your blacktop susceptible to fading, cracking, raveling, and potholes. The sun alone will oxidize the oil in the pavement, which can rob up to 50% of the original asphalt thickness in just 5 years. With sealcoating, your asphalt is protected by filling in surface damage and providing a protective layer against UV rays, vehicle fluids, and water.
You may be hesitant to seal your blacktop because of the cost. However, what if we told you that you would actually save money in the long run. Preventative maintenance greatly extends the life of your pavement, reducing the need for more expensive repairs and premature replacement. Numerous studies have shown that properly maintaining your asphalt surfaces with regular sealcoating every 2-3 years can more than double the life of your pavement. This small investment can save you thousands of dollars later on.
Not only will sealcoating save your money, but it will also dramatically improve the aesthetics of your parking lot or driveway. With exposure to the elements, asphalt can become faded over time. Sealcoating will enhance the appearance of your asphalt with a deep, rich, black color. With a striking black color, your asphalt will greatly contribute to the overall beauty and value of your property.
When potential customers look at your property, the parking lot is one of the first things they see. So take a good look at your pavement. Is it maintained? Does it add or detract from the appearance of your property? More importantly, is it safe? People will directly relate the condition of your parking lot to the quality of your business. When you own a business with a parking lot, you are liable to damages from potholes and slips on your property. Sealcoating your asphalt regularly will prevent small cracks from becoming large potholes. It also makes your surface look cleaner by hiding any rough spots that may have developed and makes it easier to wash away dirt and debris.
If you have a blacktop driveway or parking lot area, you can make it last a lot longer and keep it looking nice by sealing it frequently. Supreme Sealing, Inc. offers complete blacktop maintenance. Sealing your blacktop protects it and keeps it looking like new!