Your pavement is made up of stones, fine sand, and asphalt binder. The binder is used as a glue to hold these aggregates together and provide the pavement with the thick black rich color.
However, as time passes, the binder begins to oxidize due to sun exposure, rainfall, snowfall, and other elements, resulting in the pavement’s color fading. Moreover, as the asphalt oxidizes, it becomes less flexible and cracks easily with heavy vehicles’ load and climatic changes (such as freezing or thawing).
Now, combine these damages with exposure to detrimental chemicals, like motor oil, landscaping, or household chemical substances, and the pavement won’t stand a chance without a proper maintenance schedule.
Therefore, to prevent pavement distresses that further deteriorate your surface, its best to apply a seal coat to “seal” out the sun’s UV rays, rain, snow, and harmful chemicals. Many studies have proven that sealcoating ensures a long-life for your pavement. Also, it prevents the need to repair or replace the pavement before its service life is complete.
In this blog post, we will learn about some of the do’s and don’ts of sealcoating.
If You Have A Sealcoating Then…
Don’t drive near the edges. The sealcoating is weakest around the sharp turns and pressure-sensitive areas of the asphalt. Try to stay a foot away from the edges, particularly at night while parking on the curb; and avoid blocking traffic.
Do wash the sealcoating daily. This is as simple as maintenance gets. A couple of minutes with a pressure water hose to keep the surface clean is all it takes, as debris will flow off easily. It is essential to prevent these materials from building up, as they could begin to penetrate into the sealcoating – especially if the vehicles are driving over the hardened debris.
Don’t place pointed or sharp objects on the seal-coated surface. Left in one place for a long period, these sharp objects can begin to sink and dig their edges into the not-quite-solid material, resulting in a crack forming in that area.
Do change the place of your parking daily. Over the years, parking in the same area can make the sealcoating shrink or compress. If you have a vehicle that stays parked for long periods, try moving it here and there every couple of weeks.
Don’t allow heavy vehicles to drive over it. There is only so much weight sealcoated surfaces can sustain before they begin to compress and sink. Residential and commercial installations can get damaged very quickly by trucks or industrial equipment. Similarly, anything with treads should be avoided, even small-sized equipment like Bobcats – don’t leave them parked on your pavement for too long!
Keeping these points in mind can help you enjoy the real benefits of sealcoating. However, make sure to get your sealcoating done by a professional company to avoid early deterioration and the expense of resealing. At Scorpion Construction LLC, we offer sealcoating services at the best prices for residential and commercial properties in Clearwater, FL. Get an estimate today!