Sealcoat is a sealant that is applied to asphalt or concrete surfaces, including driveways and parking lots. This sealer protects the surface from the elements as well as wear and tear. It can also seal cracks in the pavement, preventing water from seeping underneath. Sealcoating will keep your driveway looking great for years to come.
Here are answers to some FAQs about sealcoating…
What is Sealcoating?
Sealcoat is a protective sealant applied to the surface of concrete, asphalt, and other surfaces. The sealer protects these surfaces from moisture damage that could lead to cracking, spalling, or potholes. It also provides a lovely glossy finish that improves the overall look of the surface and elevates the curb appeal. Sealcoating also can be used as an anti-skid treatment for walkways and driveways which makes driving and walking safer in these areas.
Sealcoating provides long-lasting protection against UV rays and water infiltration, which can cause cracks and deterioration of asphalt. Sealing your driveway by sealcoating will help prevent costly repairs.
Why is it Important to Apply Two Coats of Sealcoating instead of One?
Applying sealer is a two-step process. Coating your asphalt after the initial application will completely protect it from wear and tear that could lead to deterioration or damage, like cracks in the surface. The sealcoat allows for even vehicle weight distribution on roads with high traffic volume, preventing erosion and rutting. Applying sealer a second time helps sealcoat bond to the asphalt and form a protective layer that will keep your driveway protected from wear and tear for longer.
How Soon Can I Sealcoat My Driveway After Freshly Installing a New Asphalt Pavement?
Experts recommend applying sealer approximately six months after a newly installed asphalt surface. This allows for proper curing of the material.
What is the Best Time of Year to Apply Sealcoating?
The best time to sealcoat your driveway is during the spring or summer months, where the temperature is 50 degrees or above. During this period, asphalt pavement tends to be dryer and more porous than other times of the year. It allows the sealant to penetrate the surface quickly and form a protective layer that will keep your pavement protected from wear and tear for extended periods and protect against loss of traction.
What Should I Do Before Applying Sealcoating?
Before sealcoating your driveway, it’s essential to clean off any dirt or debris that may have accumulated on the surface over time. This will allow the sealant to penetrate evenly and effectively without being blocked by stubborn contaminants in the way. Applying sealant to a clean surface can also help speed up the drying process of the sealer.
The sealcoating process is a vital step for any residential or commercial pavement. It protects the asphalt beneath your feet from harsh elements like water, salt, and other chemicals that would otherwise eat away at it over time. If you are not sure if sealcoating is suitable for your property in Arlington, give Action Construction Asphalt & Concrete a call today. We offer free estimates on all of our asphalt paving, asphalt repair, and sealcoating services, so there are no surprises when we come out to get started with your project.