5 Great Reasons to Sealcoat Asphalt

If you have pavement that’s more than a year old, your paving contractor may recommend that you have the surface sealcoated. This process involves adding a thin, liquid layer over the top of an existing asphalt surface to protect it from harsh weather and vehicle fluids. If you’re having any doubts about sealcoating, you might want to think again. What follows are 5 great reasons to have your asphalt pavement sealcoated.

  • Sealcoating will extend the lifespan of the pavement. We all know how much of an investment it is to have new asphalt installed, so it only makes sense to do whatever you can to preserve the asphalt you have right now. The sealcoat material fills in tiny cracks and literally coats the surface of the pavement to protect it from damaging water, UV rays, and vehicle fluids.
  • Sealcoating will make your asphalt look brand new. It’s common for asphalt to fade over time, due primarily exposure to sunlight, which can dry out the surface. Sealcoat is simple and quick to apply and, best of all, it returns your pavement to the dark, rich color of fresh asphalt.
  • Sealcoating is inexpensive – especially when compared to the cost of repairing asphalt that has not been properly maintained. Pavement that has been cared for is less likely to become damaged, and repairs to asphalt can be costly. Sealcoating can save you the money you might otherwise have to pay to repair damage.
  • Sealcoating is quick. The process is not only fast, but easy as well. Your paving contractor simply sprays on the sealcoat mixture and, a short time later, the surface will be ready to be used again.
  • Sealcoating can be done almost any time of year. This is especially true in warmer areas that experience mild days even during the winter months. If you live in an exceptionally cold part of the country, you might have to wait until the spring to sealcoat. But in many states, paving contractors are able to sealcoat even during the winter months. All that’s required is a temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit during the application and for a few hours afterward.

If your asphalt contractor recommends sealcoating, they’re not just trying to sell a service. The fact is that sealcoating can not only extend the lifespan of your pavement; it can save you money in the long run. To find out more about sealcoating, contact your paving contractor today and schedule an appointment.