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Have you been considering sealcoating your driveway or parking lot? Due to the moderate temperatures and more predictable weather, late spring and early summer are the best times to sealcoat asphalt. They’re also some of the best times to sealcoat due to the damage and deterioration that results from enduring a long, harsh winter. There are many benefits to sealcoating asphalt. Sealcoating is, in essence, a type of preventative maintenance, similar to how you would paint your home to prevent weather-related deterioration. It serves two purposes: making the asphalt look fantastic and protecting it against different forms of damage. However, there are more advantages to sealcoating than just these two. Let's look at some of the benefits of sealcoating asphalt.
At surface-level, sealcoating will make your driveway or parking lot look brand-new and glossy. It will seal smaller cracks, preventing them from turning into larger cracks and stopping water from seeping down to the base material. When applied, the sealcoat has a dark, black color that will improve the appearance of new and old asphalt alike. This makes it the perfect way to restore asphalt that looks worn-down or beaten, which is a common sight to see after winter. An important thing to remember is that sealcoating won't hide larger cracks. Those need to be repaired beforehand. It will, however, help disguise smaller cracks and other less-noticeable forms of damage, such as cracks, patches, and rough spots.
The biggest benefit of sealcoating asphalt is the amount of protection that it provides. Sealcoating will protect and prolong the life expectancy of the asphalt. To start, it will fill any surface voids in the asphalt. This reduces exposure to UV rays and oxygen and will also make it harder for oil or gas to penetrate the surface. A seal-coated surface is highly waterproof. This quality will prevent the seepage of water and moisture from rain and snow, which reduces the likelihood of damage from freeze-thaw cycles. Finally, sealcoating will prevent the oxidation and erosion of the top layer and can replace particles that were lost due to erosion or older pavement.
Sealcoating provides a smooth, non-porous surface that makes it easier for the rain to wash away debris and easier to sweep. This means you won't have to do much to keep your seal-coated asphalt looking clean. If you don't have the time or ability to clean your driveway or parking lot often, sealcoating will make cleaning a more infrequent venture and reduce the difficulty of doing so when needed. If you normally hire a professional to clean the asphalt, sealcoating will also decrease the number of times you need to call them each year. In other words, sealcoating can save you a lot of time and money.
If you’re looking for high-quality asphalt sealcoat equipment to help you maintain your asphalt, come and check out NAC Supply’s selection of asphalt maintenance supplies, including sealer, spray tips, brushes, and more, today!
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