Sealcoating helps in the adequate maintenance of your asphalt surface, safeguarding your investment for years to come. During the sealcoating procedure, Slurry Seal Coat is sprayed across the surface to replace the oils and make a wearing layer.
Sealcoating cracked seal lines will protect your asphalt surface from water interference, which often leads to further cracking and additional damage. We know this can be a tricky exercise which requires the help and advice of a professional. As sealcoating experts, we are frequently contacted by homeowners inquiring about the procedure. As a result, we’ve decided to compile a list of FAQs about sealcoating to spread awareness about the procedure.
Remember the following FAQ’s are just the tip of the iceberg, as we are only covering the basics!
1. What is Sealcoating ?
Sealcoating (also written as ‘seal coating’) is a procedure just like house painting. Your asphalt driveway can become vulnerable due to exposure to the sun, oil spills, or heavy traffic. Seal coating involves applying a coal tar emulsion or asphalt to help guard your driveway against these harmful elements.
2. What is sealcoating made of ?
Sealcoat is made of asphalt bitumen, heated to a temperature above 240 degrees Fahrenheit, which causes the substance to become sticky. Asphalt bitumen is the binder that is used in road building and is a crude oil byproduct that occurs naturally. There are also other seal coat varieties which are made of synthetic tar substances that do not need to be heated up.
3. What does sealcoating do ?
Sealcoating acts as a protective shield and covers all surface voids. When you seal coat your driveway, exposure to UV rays and oxygen reduces the possibility of gas or oil penetrating your asphalt. It is also an excellent waterproofing material.
4. Why should I seal coat ?
Sealcoating is a very effective method for maintaining your asphalt surface. It minimizes the effects of UV light and oxidation and offers a barrier against petroleum and other damaging elements.
5. How often should asphalt be sealed ?
You can do sealcoating every 3 – 5 years, depending on the weather conditions and the amount of usage your asphalt surface gets.
6. Are there any weather conditions to consider when sealcoating ?
You should not apply sealcoating if rain is imminent within 24 hours.
7. How long should we keep vehicles off the surface after sealing ?
Please give the seal coat 24 hours after the final coat to cure before opening back up to traffic.
8. When is the best time to sealcoat ?
It is recommended to do your seal coating in the summer. However, the spring and fall also have days warm enough for seal coating.
9. What will the finished product look like ?
Once completed, your asphalt will have an even black color. The change is very stunning, and the curb appeal skyrockets (without breaking the bank)!
At Asphalt Specialties LLC, we provide quality sealcoating and maintenance and repair services to keep your pavement in optimal condition in Twin Falls, ID.