What is sealcoating? Sealcoating is a thin liquid layer that is painted onto the surface of your asphalt. It protects the asphalt from UV rays, rain, snow, fluids from vehicles, salt and sand. Sealcoating won’t cure issues like cracks and potholes, but it helps to prevent damage from forming in the first place. Aside from keeping out damaging elements, sealcoating extends the life of your pavement.
Here are seven facts about sealcoating that will benefit your property.
- Sealcoating protects and prolongs the life expectancy of asphalt pavement by filling surface damage and providing a protective layer to keep out damaging UV rays, vehicle fluids, and water.
- The low cost of regular sealcoating can save you money in the long run. A properly maintained and sealed asphalt surface has an extended lifetime and reduces long-term repair costs.
- With exposure to the elements, asphalt pavement over time becomes faded in appearance. A fresh sealcoat application enhances the appearance of asphalt, making it look and wear like new.
- Sealcoating is typically done using one of two application methods: spray or squeegee.
- Sealcoating accelerates the melting process of snow and ice on pavement surfaces. This helps to protect against water penetration, rain, frost and snow damage.
- To correctly complete the sealcoating process, the air and pavement temperature is recommended to be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of the application and for eight hours following the application.
- Prior to pavement sealing, the asphalt surface should be cleared of all dirt and debris. In addition, minor repairs, like potholes and cracks, should be filled and vehicle fluids, like oil, should be properly removed.