Lowdown on Sealcoating

From real estate down to residential owners, the issue of sealcoating as the process to treat old parking lots and driveways is still strong. There are those that oppose and there are those that subscribe to it. Construction industry collectively rests its case that the process itself can provide a dramatic and lasting effect to the driveway of any property. This information is reliable as it is agreed upon industry experts. Hence, it’s worthy of being conveyed to the clients who only want the best for their property/ies.

Sealcoating is considered to be a very important action towards protecting a portion of the property and in this case the driveway. The sealers contain emulsions made up of refined coal tar, asphalt, clays, water, and mineral fillers. Early sealcoating can prevent dangers to driveways like ultraviolet rays and weather. If you are to do this process, you should do it at least 6 months after the asphalt surface has been laid. This will allow pavement to “cure” and soils to escape. The first sealer application creates a barrier that would prevent water penetration. The goal here is to avoid deterioration of asphalt binder. As soon as the sealers are applied, water evaporates and emulsion hardens. This results in a black protective coating. Because of its elegant black color, the coating adds appeal to any property- be it residential, industrial, or commercial. It gives the polished look you’ve always wanted.

On top of visual appeal, sealcoating can give longevity to the driveway as industry experts say that driveways without sealers can only last 6 years the most. Then they proceed to initial phases of deterioration like small cracks. The small cracks are like gateways for water to come in. More water coming in means the expansion of these cracks. They can go deeper and wider. This dilemma is known as accelerated deterioration.

Mentioned earlier, factors that affect deterioration are the sun’s UV rays and the changing weather. The rays destroy carbon bonds inside asphalt, thus weakening the pavement itself. The changing weather cycles of cooling and heating causes the driveway to contract and expand.

Sealers by far are the most cost-efficient solution. It is encouraged to re-apply the surface with such every 2-3 years. This practice serves as preventive maintenance. As a matter of fact, several institutions focusing on asphalt say that driveways with no sealcoating are most likely to receive repairs up to five times compared to driveways that have one, all thanks to a preventive maintenance program. Moreover, it is encouraged of your home/property owners to entrust the sealcoating of your driveways and/or parking lots to professional sealcoating contractors. Not only they will do good service with the aid of their equipment like power blowers and crack cleaners, but also, they will apply top-of-the-line sealer material. This leaves your driveway at its best shape, and most likely it will last for years to come. Good service also includes the contractors’ ability to spot problems that a regular homeowner might not be aware of. This prevents heavy problems to arise.

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