The sealcoating process involves applying a sealant to the surface of asphalt or concrete, usually in parking lots and driveways. Sealcoating serves many functions, but one of the most important things is that it seals cracks and prevents water from seeping into them. If you have sealcoated your driveway or parking lot before, you know how much improvement sealcoating can make for appearance. Not only does sealcoating help protect your asphalt or concrete from becoming damaged over time, but it also helps to maintain its color.
Crack sealing is the process of repairing cracks in asphalt, concrete, or masonry surfaces. It comes into play when water and other substances have penetrated these materials through natural processes such as weathering and aging, causing them to crack from exposure to cold temperatures over a period of time. Many professionals within the construction industry have noted the importance of this procedure.
When to Go for Sealcoating?
It’s important to know when you should sealcoat:
- The cracks on your pavement are getting larger and deeper
- Weeds are growing through sealant or sealer
- Seal becomes brittle over time because of exposure to the sun and UV rays
- The residue is accumulating on sealant or sealer
It is recommended and more beneficial to sealcoat your asphalt in the summer because the sealant dries faster when it is hot and sunny outside. Another benefit is that the hot weather makes it easy for the sealant to bond with the surface, making it more effective and robust. For best sealcoating results, the ground temperature needs to be 50 degrees or higher.
At the time of sealcoating, the surface should be dry and free of debris. Make sure there is no rain or precipitation in the forecast, else the sealcoating endeavor will go to waste. If rain is expected within the next 24 hours, don’t sealcoat. The more moisture on the road surface, the less effective your sealant will be in preventing water from entering into cracks.
Sealcoating doesn’t need to be done yearly, but should be performed every two or three years at least.
When to Go for Crack Sealing?
While sealcoating addresses the entire surface, crack sealing involves applying sealant to individual cracks. If you see early signs of cracks in certain areas of your asphalt pavement, it is time to get your cracks sealed.
Similar to sealcoating, for crack sealing to be effective it must be performed in dry conditions. The process involves administering crack sealant into the crack and smoothing it out so water can’t go through. If a crack is sealed with moisture present, the procedure will not be effective and the surface will crack again very quickly.
Asphalt Specialties, LLC has been serving the Ketchum, ID, and surrounding areas for many years. We offer many services, including crack sealing and sealcoating. Contact us today to get a free estimate for our asphalt pavement services, crack sealing services, or any other paving solutions!