What is Sealcoating?

Asphalt as we know it, in simple terms, is primarily stone or gravel mixed with melted asphalt. The asphalt binder is essential in prolonging the deterioration of asphalt surfaces. 

When introduced into the asphalt surface, rain, U.V. rays, and chemicals will remove the asphalt and start the asphalt surface's degradation process. Degrading will continue and create asphalt that turns brittle. However, you can control degrading effects by implementing a program that uses an asphalt seal coat to prolong the service life of your asphalt driveway or parking lot.

Sealcoating will provide a protective layer blocking out harmful elements such as water, oils, and U.V. rays. In addition, when applied correctly, sealcoating provides a slip-resistant surface with a deep black finish that beautifies the parking lot or driveway. Seal coats are typically bituminous-based products or acrylics.

Asphalt sealer supplied in one of the above emulsions, mixed with water, silica sand, polymer additives, and other proprietary fillers and solids. The application of sealcoating products should be done by spraying or the use of a special seal coat squeegee. 

A regularly scheduled seal coat program will more than double the life of the asphalt, saving you significant dollars down the line. Other than paying thousands of dollars for new pavement, spending only pennies on the dollar per square foot to maintain is more cost-effective.

When applying a sealcoating product, following the essential steps referenced below will get the most protection and optimum performance:
• Two coats should be applied bye-yearly.
• Temperature should be 50 degrees and above for a 24 hour drying period. 
• Do not apply if rain is likely within 24 hours.
• Once finished with the seal coat application,  let cure for 24 hours prior to vehicle traffic.

To summarize, sealcoating every two years will extend the life of your asphalt pavement at a minimal cost. 
Correctly applied asphalt sealer will prevent oxidation, stop weather damage, and beautify your pavement.

Contact Texas Blacktop Sealcoating today with sealcoating questions or any of your pavement maintenance and equipment needs at 903-900-3252. In addition, you are welcome to e-mail us for more information at  info@texasblacktop.com.