Benefits of Sealcoating
Sealcoating is designed to protect asphalt pavements from the damaging effects of the environment, including moisture and ultraviolet oxidation. Protecting pavement with sealcoating has basically the same effect as using sun block on your skin or varnish on wood – it slows the destructive effects of our extreme climate changes from season to season. Sealcoating also minimizes raveling (the loss of aggregate) and fills minor voids in the surface. Other benefits include creating a uniform color and appearance for all paved asphalt surfaces and increasing the visibility in the curbing. Sealcoating and re-striping of parking spaces and crosswalks improve traffic flow and enhance public safety.
Importance of Sealcoating
The best way to prolong the life of your asphalt, is to apply a sealer on a regular basis. Sealcoating every two to three years will help prevent surface deterioration.
The sooner asphalt is sealed after its initial installation the better. New asphalt should be sealed six months to a year from the date of installation. This gives the asphalt time to cure but seals in the oils and tars that give asphalt the flexibility to withstand traffic and the elements.
Proper prep work is the key. Crack sealing, patching, striping all go together. No sealer is a substitute for major asphalt repairs, and sealer will not adhere to dirty or oily surfaces. Shamblin Sealcoating makes sure that the asphalt is properly cleaned, repaired and crack sealing is done prior to application.