What is Asphalt Sealcoating?
Asphalt pavement is made primarily of rock and/or stone and gravel, along with a binder. The binder, also known as asphalt cement, is created from certain crude oils. Maintaining this binder is essential in prolonging the life of asphalt surfaces.
Sealcoating is a protective coating made of coal tar, along with additives specific to the climate of the project. It is applied over asphalt to protect those oils and prevent water, oil, and UV rays from damaging your parking lot. It is applied as a liquid, and dries to a deep black finish.
At National Pavement, our teams have sealed more than 10 million square yards of pavement since the 1980’s. Our asphalt sealcoating contractors meticulously apply top-of-the-line asphalt sealer to keep your lot looking fantastic and protected from the elements.
Benefits of Asphalt Sealer
Sealcoating Extends the Life of Your Asphalt
One of the biggest benefits to asphalt sealing is the fact that it can double the life of your asphalt. Asphalt is a naturally porous material and rain, snow, and temperature changes cause cracks and buckling over time, while harsh sunlight fades the surface.
Sealcoating protects the asphalt by making the surface less permeable to water, chemicals, and UV rays. When the asphalt is protected, your risk of cracks and damage is greatly reduced, which extends the life of your asphalt. This helps you avoid costly repairs or repaving.
As an added benefit, it also speeds the melting of snow and ice! To get the most life out of your asphalt, we recommend having asphalt sealer applied every 2-3 years.
Asphalt Sealcoating Increases Your Curb Appeal
In addition to extending the life of your asphalt, sealcoating also helps keep it looking new. New asphalt is black while older asphalt that has not been sealed looks gray and run-down. After fresh asphalt coating is applied, your parking lot will be restored to that deep black color, adding curb appeal to your property.
The Asphalt Sealcoating Process
- We start by thoroughly cleaning the asphalt to remove all dust and debris.
- Then we prepare the sealcoat by adding up to 4 lbs of sand per gallon of sealant. This helps prevent additional wear and decreases the slickness of the coating.
- The sealcoat is applied.
- Once the sealcoat has dried and set, we re-stripe and re-mark the surface according to your needs and ADA regulations.
Asphalt Sealer Does Not Repair Asphalt
If your asphalt is already severely cracked or damaged, asphalt sealcoating will not repair the damage. To repair asphalt we recommend an asphalt overlay or complete repaving, depending on the extent of the damage. Once the overlay or new asphalt has been applied, we can seal it so it’s protected from the very beginning.
Contact National Pavement for Professional Sealcoating
Protect and revitalize your parking lot with National Pavement’s professional asphalt sealcoating contractors. Our dedication to customer service and quality work ensures that the job will get done efficiently and keep your parking lot looking attractive and appealing. Contact us today for a free quote!