How Can Sealcoating Improve the Condition of Your Asphalt Pavement
There are some parking areas and other asphalt surfaces that you will notice to be more well maintained and attractive looking. It is because these areas have undergone sealcoating that protects the asphalt from deteriorating. The concern in protecting the asphalted areas in your property should be a top priority, and one way to give protection to these areas is through sealcoating. There are still though questions about the details of this procedure, and so let us mention some of these to help you have a better understanding of the basics of the procedure called sealcoating.
You may be starting to notice some surface cracks appearing and coming back on the asphalt surfaces of your property. When you observe these cracks starting to appear, the number one action you have to take is to seal all existing cracks present before you apply the sealcoating procedure on the surface. For the reason that if the cracks are left unfilled, you are inviting water to go inside and will cause later some damages to your asphalt pavement. Bear in mind that you might have to spend for an expensive asphalt repair costs in order to repair the damage that came from the water penetrating the pores of the surface, under the asphalt and into the base. Bear in mind that damage can still occur even if you have applied sealcoat on the asphalted surfaces if the existing cracks were not filled in the first place.
Remember therefore that by filling up cracks as your first step, the life of sealcoating will last and thus avoid the appearance of cracks in the future.
Property owners may question if it is necessary to sealcoat their asphalted areas every year, and know that the answer is no. There are sealcoating companies that are trying to get sales from you, to encourage you to sealcoat your asphalt each year. Be informed that if you put too much sealcoating, it can even lead to several issues. Some property managers do not know that what actually protect the asphalt is the sealer applied in two coats, and that the other applications are for the purpose of cosmetics only.
During hot weather, you can apply sealcoating for as long as you follow the proper techniques. Be informed that asphalt gets very hot too during hot weather. Thus, if you apply in this temperature of above 90 degrees, the sealer will dry very fast and will lead to a streaky finish, peeling and flaking. Thus, the proper procedure then would be to spray with a light mist of water first the hot surface to give a cooling effect on the asphalt, and only then you can apply the sealer safely.