Asphalt sealing is a great way to protect your asphalt and help it to last as long as possible. Because having an asphalt driveway put down is an investment, it makes sense that you would want to do everything possible to protect it. If you are looking for a way to help your asphalt driveway hold up better, than seal coating is a great option for you. If you’ve decided to move forward with this process, let us know and we can come and seal your asphalt as soon as possible.
With a seal coat, what we are doing is basically laying down a thin top layer on your asphalt, that is meant to protect that actual asphalt from surface damage. A seal coat will also help to protect your asphalt from being damage by excess exposure to inclement weather and intense sunlight. The great thing about a seal coat is that it can be reapplied. Since the seal coat helps to maintain the structural integrity of the actual asphalt underneath, if a new coat is needed, it should be fine to just go ahead a reapply.
Crack sealing and crack filling are very often confused with each other, but they are not, at all, the same thing. In crack filling, a solution is added to the crack to, literally, simply fill it up. This ensures that there is not a hole in the surface of your asphalt. Crack sealing, however, uses a solution to bond the two sides of your crack together, holding them so that they do not separate further. Crack sealing is meant to be flexible; helping your asphalt to adapt further if stress is placed upon it. For this reason, crack sealing is a better option than filling.
When to Seal
Sealing can really be done at any time in the life of your asphalt. Like pouring the actual asphalt, itself, we always recommend laying a seal coat during the months that are warm and before any rain starts. If you are wanting a seal coat put down on new asphalt, we recommend waiting at least thirty days after your asphalt sets, so that any natural settling can occur. Once this happens, a seal coat is good to be placed on top. If you are not seal coating a new asphalt driveway, it can really be placed whenever you feel the need to.
Seal Vs. Resurfacing
Seal coating and resurfacing may seem like they are the same thing, but they are certainly not. Resurfacing is something that effects the actual asphalt slab that we have poured for your driveway. This process takes the top layer of that asphalt off and then pours a new top layer of asphalt on. Seal coating, on the other hand, places a thin layer of material, generally tar based, on top of your asphalt. This coat is meant to preserve the integrity of your asphalt so that it can last as long as possible.