Whether a homeowner or business owner, if you have an asphalt pavement like a driveway, parking lot, walking path, or drive-thru, you’ve probably heard about sealcoating. You’ve heard you need to do it, but what is it really? And why do you need to do it in the first place? We’re here to answer all your sealcoating questions in under five minutes!
What is sealcoating?
Sealcoating is a thick liquid made of acrylics or bituminous-based products that are mixed with water, silica sand, polymer additives, and other fillers to create a protective barrier over asphalt. Sealcoating is what gives asphalt pavements that deep, smooth black surface that helps striping really pop and creates the optimal surface for driving, walking, and parking.
What kinds of pavements need sealcoating?
All asphalt pavements require sealcoating to protect the binders used in the asphalt mix. The thick, black coating prevents weather damage; reduces maintenance costs that come with cracking, webbing, and breakage; and can add years of life to your pavement!
How is sealcoating applied?
Based on the size and shape of the project, sealcoating can be applied using a squeegee, a brush, or via a power sprayer.
When should I sealcoat my asphalt pavement?
It’s really based on the amount of traffic or parking that occurs on your asphalt pavement, but the general rule is every three to five years. If you are a business owner and have a parking lot or driveways that experience more traffic, you may need to sealcoat every two years to keep the pavement safe for pedestrians and vehicles. It also gives fresh, new life to the pavement, helping boost curb appeal!
How long does it take?
Sealcoating is a relatively quick process that can be achieved in just a few hours to a day, depending on the size of your pavement. Parking lots, pathways, and drive-thrus can even be striped the same day or next day depending on when the project starts!
Can we drive on it after it’s been applied?
It does take 24 to 48 hours to asphalt sealcoat to dry so you will want to have a plan of action in place to manage your foot and vehicle traffic as the sealcoat cures. These times can change based on weather conditions like heat, humidity, precipitation, and shade.
How much does sealcoating cost?
Pricing varies based on the size of your asphalt pavement and if it requires any additional prep time. If you are interested in having your asphalt pavement sealcoated this summer, give us a call at (262) 251 – 5585 or fill out our contact form to connect with our project managers! We can get you an accurate quote quickly and make sure you’re on the schedule before the season is over!