Sealcoat is a protective coating applied to asphalt pavement surfaces to extend their lifespan and protect them from damage caused by weather, traffic, and other factors. Sealcoat is made of a mixture of asphalt emulsion, water, mineral fillers, and other additives that create a robust and durable layer on the surface of the pavement.
Applying a seal coat typically involves cleaning the pavement surface to remove dirt, debris, or loose materials. Once the surface is clean and dry, the seal coat is applied using a specialized spray or squeegee method, ensuring an even surface coating. The seal coat is typically applied in one or two coats, depending on the condition of the pavement and the desired level of protection.
Sealcoat provides several benefits for pavement surfaces. It can help prevent water from penetrating the surface, which can cause damage such as cracking or potholes. It can also protect the pavement from damage caused by sunlight, oxygen, and other environmental factors. Additionally, a seal coat can improve the appearance of the pavement surface, giving it a dark, uniform color that can enhance the area’s aesthetics.
The frequency of seal coat application depends on several factors, including the age and condition of the pavement, the climate and weather conditions in the area, and the amount of traffic the pavement receives. Generally, it is recommended that a seal coat be applied every two to three years to ensure maximum protection and longevity of the pavement surface.
It is important to note that a seal coat is not a substitute for regular maintenance and repairs. Any cracks or other damage in the pavement surface should be repaired before applying the seal coat to ensure the best possible results. Additionally, a professional contractor with experience in asphalt maintenance should use the seal coat to ensure proper application and the best possible outcome.