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Preserving Your Asphalt Pavement

Asphalt pavement— a mixture of rock and gravel— is held together with a binder called asphalt cement. As time goes on, the natural elements (such as the sun’s UV rays, snow, rain, etc.) begin physically degrading both the binder and, in turn, the surface of the asphalt pavement as well. This process ends up making the asphalt extremely brittle, which eventually leads to an unsafe surface for pedestrians and drivers alike to walk or drive on. The description of this process shows just how fragile asphalt pavement can really be… and therefore showing the first sign as to why sealcoating is so important and essential to preventing an unsafe and brittle ground surface. Additionally, brittle and cracking asphalt is not aesthetically pleasing either.

In order to preserve the life of your asphalt pavement for as long as possible, it’s important for you to maintain the integrity of its asphalt cement binder. This is done through the application of asphalt sealcoating, which both protects and improves the appearance of the pavement and makes it a safer surface to walk and drive on as well. The more that you practice your due diligence with regard to sealcoating your asphalt surface, the greater you’ll extend its overall life. Not to mention the funds you put into having a nice asphalt surface will have a greater return on investment because it will stay looking nicer for significantly longer making your time and money that go into it all worth it in the end.

Lengthening Your Asphalt Pavement’s Life with Sealcoating Maintenance

In order to lengthen the life of your asphalt pavement, it’s important that you make the time and effort to closely and regularly follow a maintenance program of sealcoating the asphalt surface as needed. Your parking lot and/or driveway will thank you later, and so will your bank— after all, it’s much cheaper to maintain an already existing asphalt pavement than to build a completely new one when it becomes unsafe, unusable, and no longer aesthetically pleasing. Following this kind of asphalt maintenance program will be sure to end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run. Trust us on this one!

Asphalt sealcoat is a bituminous- or acryclic-based formulation mixed with silica sand, polymer additives, water, and a few other fillers. It can be applied to the surface of your asphalt parking lot or driveway by spray, brush, or a squeegee. There are various ways to get the job done and it may be a bit time consuming depending on the size of the parking lot or driveway, but overall the process if not complex or overly difficult to complete.

Sealcoating your asphalt surfaces provides a protective layer to the asphalt that works to block out the corrosive effects of nature’s physical elements. When applied according to manufacturer’s specifications, it provides a safe, slip-resistant, and sleek finish in a beautiful, monochromatic black color— leaving your asphalt driveway or parking lot looking pristinely beautiful and worth every penny.

Tips for Applying Asphalt Sealcoat on Your Own

If and when you should decide to apply sealcoat to your pavement on your own, it’s important that you follow these tips to ensure the most precise application:

  • You should apply 2 coats of sealcoat at minimum (once again, you can use spray, brush, or squeegee to do this)

  • When preparing a day to sealcoat your asphalt surfaces, make sure to choose a day where temperatures stay above 50 degrees for at least 24 hours. It’s important that you don’t apply sealcoat on days that the temperature dips below 50 degrees. Temperatures that are too hot can make the sealcoat melt and temperatures that are too cold can cause cracking.

  • Avoid applying sealcoat to the asphalt on days where it might rain within the next 24 hours. This can wash the sealcoat away and cancel out all of the work you just put in… and we don’t want you dealing with that kind of frustration when you’re already taking on a skilled job on your own.

  • Once you’ve fully applied sealcoat on the designated areas that it is needed on the surface of the asphalt, make sure that you give it time to cure for at least 24 hours before allowing vehicles to tread the surface or people to walk on it.

Here at All American Paving & Sealcoating, we employ a team of dependable, well-trained, and experienced asphalt paving contractors and concrete contractors that will be sure to give you the quality asphalt paving or concrete job you deserve. Our extensive knowledge and excellent standing in the asphalt paving and concrete industry will show when designing, installing, or maintaining your asphalt paving or concrete project. We are proud to be able to offer affordable pricing, excellent customer service, a full team of trustworthy experts, craftsmanship quality, and the best safety protocols.

As a family-owned business, our owner and his father started learning the asphalt paving and sealcoating business at an early age. He then founded All American Paving & Sealcoating which has been a family owned and operated asphalt paving and concrete company since 2010. Our owner and operator now participates in every asphalt paving, sealcoating job, and concrete job and personally guarantees quality work at a great price for your asphalt or concrete driveway, parking lot or road that you may need paved.

If you happen to have any further questions regarding asphalt coating, tips on how to do it yourself, the tools you might need to get the job done correctly, our prices, or the other services we offer such as new construction paving, or parking lot paving and repair, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! We look forward to speaking with you.