WHAT IS IT?
“Sealcoating” is a protective process commonly used in pavement maintenance, especially for asphalt surfaces like driveways, parking lots, and roads. Sealcoating involves applying a specialized coating or sealant to the surface of the asphalt to protect it from the damaging effects of water, UV rays, chemicals, and general wear and tear.
Steps of sealcoating
Here are some key points about sealcoating
The primary purpose of sealcoating is to protect the underlying asphalt from deterioration. It acts as a barrier, preventing water from infiltrating the asphalt and causing cracks, potholes, and other forms of damage.
Sealcoating provides UV (ultraviolet) ray resistance, which helps prevent oxidation of the asphalt surface. Oxidation is a natural process that makes asphalt become brittle and lose its flexibility.
Sealcoating gives the asphalt a fresh, black appearance, enhancing the curb appeal of the surface. It provides a smoother, more attractive finish.
Sealcoated surfaces are easier to clean and maintain, as dirt and debris are less likely to adhere to the smooth, sealed surface.
Regular sealcoating can extend the lifespan of an asphalt surface. It is considered a cost-effective preventative maintenance measure because it helps delay the need for more extensive and costly repairs or replacements.
Sealcoating is typically applied with specialized equipment, such as sprayers or squeegees, to ensure an even and consistent coverage of the surface.
It’s important to note that sealcoating is a maintenance activity and should not be considered a substitute for proper asphalt construction and repair. It is typically recommended every few years, depending on factors like the climate and traffic volume, to maintain the integrity of the asphalt surface.
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