Asphalt pavement is made up of rock, stone, and gravel held together by a binder known as asphalt cement. The binder is obtained from the distillation process of specific crude oils. Maintaining this binder is crucial in prolonging the lifespan of asphalt surfaces, as rain, U.V. rays, and chemicals can degrade it and lead to the deterioration of the asphalt.
To minimize the effects of these elements, a maintenance program that includes sealcoating is essential for your driveway or parking lot. Sealcoating acts as a layer of protection, blocking out water, oils, and U.V. damage, and providing a slip-resistant surface with a deep black finish that beautifies the pavement. Sealcoats are typically bituminous or acrylic based products in a liquid formulation, mixed with water, silica sand, polymer additives, and other fillers and solids. These products can be applied by brush, spray, or squeegee.
When applied according to the manufacturer’s specifications, sealcoating can more than double the lifespan of your asphalt, saving you significant dollars down the line. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on new pavement, it is more cost-effective to maintain your pavement by spending only pennies on the dollar per square foot.
Here are some important steps to follow when applying sealcoating:
- Apply a minimum of two coats.
- Ensure that temperatures are a minimum of 50 degrees and rising for at least 24 hours. Do not apply when temperatures are forecasted to get below the 50 degree mark.
- Do not apply if rain is imminent within the same 24-hour period.
- Allow the sealcoat to cure for 24 hours before allowing vehicle traffic back on the surface.
In summary, sealcoating every two to three years is an effective way to extend the lifespan of your asphalt pavement for minimal cost. When applied correctly and at the right time, sealcoating prevents oxidation and weather damage while enhancing the appearance of your pavement. If you have any questions about sealcoating or other pavement maintenance and equipment needs, feel free to contact B&E Sealcoat Products. Inc. at 616-608-6169 or email us at info@SafeSealofMichigan.com.