The necessity of sealcoating begins with the oxidation of the pavement surface. All surfaces that are paved using asphalt, like the roads, runways and driveways, among others, need to be protected from oxidization which causes the asphalt to become dry and brittle, this leads to the erosion of the top layer of fine particles and the appearance of larger stones and small cracks on the surface. This process happens from several causes such as weather conditions, heavy vehicle traffic and gas and oil staining. To avoid such a reactions which will certainly reduce the life of the surface, a seal coat is provided to the surface which will minimize the environmental damage. This process is called sealcoating and it is an essential exercise for all surfaces involving asphalt. Sealcoating your asphalt can not only help to protect it from the harsh elements of the weather, it will increase surface durability against vehicle traffic as well as increase resistance to gas and oil staining damage, prolong the overall life span of your asphalt, all while enhancing the aesthetic beauty and curb appeal of your home or business.
Asphalt surfaces are prone to wear and tear and typical life of such surfaces is anywhere between 15-20 years. This life can be prolonged by using sealcoating which is applied over the asphalt surface after it has been properly laid down and cured (Curing involved giving sufficient time to the surface to set and dry so that cracks and breaks can be avoided). Sealcoating is an essential step to prevent the surface from untimely damage and save money. Sealcoating mixture varies in constitution depending on the weight that the surface is expected to carry on a daily basis, for example, sealcoating mix will be different for runways, which see heavy aircrafts taking off and landing daily, than that used for private driveways. Asphalt Sealants generally consist of a mixture of emulsified materials, mineral fillers, oils and admixtures that is similar to those found in new asphalt mix. Asphalt Sealants are applied directly to the surface of pavement. We offer a ranges of sealcoating applications best tailored to the specific asphalt needs of your home or business, such as rubber squeegee, manual brush, or pressurized spray.
Extreme weather conditions are known to contribute heavily to the deterioration of any asphalt surface. The punishing effect of the sun can make asphalt reach temperatures in excess of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. And brutal Illinois winters can see temperatures as low as -17 degrees Fahrenheit. If sealcoating of the surface is not done, effects such as these will cause cracks to be seen in the surface within three to four years of installing new asphalt. Sealcoating will not just help the surface look planned but paired with lot striping it will also provide a great signage option providing a safe way to guide traffic and designate parking to users. Most contractors will provide guarantee against damage to sealcoating for certain number of years. It is essential to follow the instructions carefully to prolong the life of the seal coated surface. Timely re-applications of sealcoating will save huge repaving costs as well as keep the surface looking new for longer period of time. Generally you should wait a few months after paving a new surface to allow ample time to cure. Manufacturer recommendations waiting 6-12 months before sealcoating new pavement. After a surface has been sealed it should be re-sealed every 24 months or as necessity dictates