Asphalt Sealcoating

Sealcoating Contractors in Savannah, Georgia

Asphalt Sealcoating is a preventive maintenance method used to preserve asphalt pavement. Asphalt sealcoating can have many benefits if done properly by companies who are experienced in asphalt maintenance. Sealcoating has the ability to extend the life of your asphalt pavement significantly and reduce the cost of asphalt maintenance in the future.

With proper asphalt sealcoating, you can improve your asphalt surface’s resistance to cracking and damage caused by water penetration, wear & tear, UV rays, and other natural elements. It helps reduce long term repair costs. For example, your asphalt pavement will not need resurfacing for quite some time, since the surface stays protected with a good quality sealer.

Why Seal Coating is Important

Once asphalt has been poured, it begins a gradual process of hardening and becoming more brittle. Oxidation, moisture penetration, gas and oil spills, along with the effects of ultraviolet rays all contribute to the eventual deterioration of the asphalt.

This is why we highly recommend asphalt sealcoating for all asphalt pavement. With correct and consistent application of coal tar sealer on the surface, it will prevent further damage, and dramatically increase the life and curb appeal of your asphalt driveway and parking lot. 

How Seal Coating Works

There are different forms of asphalt sealant material, but all will create a barrier between your asphalt base and the outer elements that cause wear and tear. While sealcoating, it is also a good time to patch any damage on your parking lot or driveway and add asphalt crack filler.

Regular sealcoating creates an impenetrable barrier that protects asphalt pavement from water, wind, sunlight and weather conditions that can degrade the pavement.

How Often Should you Seal your Asphalt Pavement?

The sealcoating process is typically first applied one year after new asphalt has been laid. After this, it’s suggested for property managers to have asphalt surfaces sealed every few years. If an area encounters heavier traffic, or has other factors affecting it, sealing and crack-filling may be done more frequently.

 

Why is Asphalt Sealcoating Useful?

If you want your driveway to last,  sealcoating is the best way since unprotected asphalt is more vulnerable to cracks and potholes which can eventually severely damage your pavement’s foundation. Sealcoating is a helpful tool to protect your asphalt pavement. Sealcoating can also significantly improve the appearance of your asphalt surface.

Give your asphalt the protection it needs by calling in East Georgia Asphalt Paving. We can expertly sealcoat and repair both residential driveways and commercial parking lots.

Contact us and let us know more about your maintenance project!

Types of Sealcoating

There are two main types of seal coat products, coal tar and asphalt emulsions. Coal tar is longer-lasting and provides protection against fuel and chemical spills. However, it is considered less environmentally friendly than asphalt emulsion sealers. Asphalt emulsion sealers emit fewer VOCs than regular coal-tar based materials and do not rely on petroleum byproducts. However, this type of sealer provides less protection against fuel spills and chemicals.

Coal Tar

Asphalt Emulsions

Acrylic Sealers

Fast-Dry Sealers

Two other kinds of asphalt sealers are acrylic and fast-dry. Acrylic sealers are synthetic compounds comprised mostly of acrylic and polymers. It is less harmful to the environment and poses fewer health risks than other types of sealers. Fast-dry sealers are ready for foot traffic about an hour after application, and for vehicle traffic in one day. However fast-dry options are not as long-lasting and require temperatures to be above 75 degrees Fahrenheit during application.

Benefits of Sealcoating

  • Asphalt sealcoating extends the life of a driveway or parking lot by preventing asphalt from hardening and crumbling.
  • Creates a uniform coat over pavement, making it less susceptible to cracks and holes
  • Prevents salt, chemicals, or moisture from infiltrating the asphalt
  • Sealcoating is cheap, easy to apply, and many homeowners or small businesses are capable of applying certain types of it themselves
  • Sealcoating is a cost-effective way of fixing damaged or weathered pavement, extending its life and improving its appearance

The Asphalt Sealcoating Process

Our professional seal coating crews follow a multi-step process to provide a thorough refresh on our client’s asphalt surfaces. Homeowners or businesses can follow this general procedure as well:

1. Check for rain – Check the forecast and select a time when rain is not predicted for a couple of days. It is also best to sealcoat when temperatures are expected to stay above 55 degrees.

2. Block off the area – Barricade the asphalt pavement that will be sealcoated to ensure that no traffic will drive on the freshly sealed area.

3. Clean the area – Perform a general cleaning of the asphalt pavement by sweeping and/or power washing.

4. Crack filling – Apply liquid sealer to deep scratches and cracks first, then apply a thin coat of primer over these areas.

5. Patching – Patch any holes with asphalt patching compound to create a smooth surface.

6. Apply the pavement sealer – Apply the liquid seal coat with the appropriate sealcoating equipment – like a squeegee or sprayer.

7. Second coat – Check the parking lot or driveway for any spots that were missed, and plan for a second coat the following day.

8. Enjoy your fresh surface! – Remove barricades after the asphalt seal coat has dried completely, generally about 36 hours.

9. Restripe – If the sealcoating was done for an asphalt parking lot, the parking spaces will need to be restriped. (We provide this service as well!)

Reach out for a sealcoating quote today!

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