Once you have paved your driveway or walkway, you might think that it is over and that you can just use them without any problem for years.
That’s partially true, but as a homeowner, business owner, or property manager, you also want to think about ways to slow down the deterioration of your asphalt pavement. That’s when seal coating comes into play.
Extend the Life of your Pavement
If your asphalt pavement was done the right way, sealcoating will extend its lifespan and prevent the oxidation process to take place too quickly. If your pavement can’t deflect water anymore, it usually increases surface raveling and cracking.
Water won’t be able to seep down to the base material if done properly. Sealcoating will also seal the small cracks before they become bigger. It is also an efficient protection against oil and chemical spills that might damage your parking lot or driveway.
Improve the Visual Aesthetics of your Pavement
A new layer of sealcoat will revive the original dark black color and improve the overall appearance of your driveway or walkway. As a result, it will look like it’s brand new.
Once we are done with the sealcoating process, your pavement will be smooth and clean, an ideal surface for sweeping. The resilience of your driveway will be preserved and traffic or parking lines and markers will become more visible too.
Your asphalt will also look cleaner since rain will easily wash away dirt and debris from your pavement if the surface is smoother. Keep in mind that if your pavement has been poorly made from the beginning, sealcoating won’t be able to change or correct the initial problem.
Countering Oxidation from the Sun
Sunlight and ultraviolet radiation will damage your asphalt pavement, regardless of how durable and hard it is. When first laid, your asphalt pavement is filled with oil and some of this oil oxidize out. At first, it is beneficial and increases the hardness of your driveway. But if it continues, cracks will start to appear.
Sealcoating can slow the oxidation process if it is done early enough. If the oxidation phase is still in its early stages, it is still possible to recover and protect your pavement.
Sealcoating should be part of any preventive maintenance routine for homeowners who have foresight. Ask your paving contractor for more information if you have any doubt. We are here to help you avoid costly asphalt repairs.
Prices are very reasonable, especially when you compare it to the cost of repairing major cracks on your asphalt pavement, you can get good results literally for pennies on the dollar. Crude oil prices might affect the cost of the project.
Call us now at 770-629-0496 to learn more about our sealcoating service and schedule an appointment with one of our sealcoating experts in the area. We serve the entire Atlanta metro area. For all your asphalt pavement questions and needs, you know who to call now.
The majority of residential and also commercial driveways are finished with concrete or asphalt.
Both are reasonable in terms of price but asphalt has more advantages in the long run.
The way it is made says it all: concrete is made of aggregate (sand, crushed rocks…) mixed with cement and water. Asphalt is made of aggregate too but its binder is bitumen. Both are durable and hard but asphalt accommodates imperfections a lot better.
Faster Installation and Usability
Asphalt pavement can be installed in as little as a one or two days and you will be able to use it after waiting for only another couple days. Installation duration depends on the size of your driveway obviously. Once the asphalt reaches outside air temperature, it can withstand traffic.
If you compare this to a concrete pavement that takes twice longer to be installed and set, there is really no comparison possible. Asphalt wins in this case.
Concrete is a lot more prone to cracking and breaking compared to asphalt. Asphalt has a lot more flexibility and is less prone to cracking over time. Poor installation of your concrete can result in what is called “spalling”. Your driveway will remain in better condition for a longer time if you use asphalt.
Lower Maintenance Costs
If your asphalt driveway starts showing some signs of aging such as linear cracking, you can easily purchase a crack sealant on your own. Many home improvement shops sell it freely and you can apply all by yourself without even calling a professional. You can do it by yourself in one afternoon. All this will save you money in the end.
We strongly recommend that you perform preventive maintenance tasks on a regular basis if you want to increase your driveway lifespan. Sealcoating, crack filling, sweeping…all these operations are generally enough to maintain your asphalt driveway in good condition. In contrast, it is a lot harder to maintain concrete driveways since they can’t be heated and repaired as easily as asphalt.
Asphalt’s black color is an added benefit
Black retains sun and heat better than concrete. It means that during winter snow will melt faster. It is an added feature that increases the safety of your residence and your commercial premises.
And don’t forget that asphalt is 100% recyclable. Whether it is for a new construction or repairs, asphalt is the wisest choice you can make for the long term. Cement paving is a lot less convenient in comparison.
In conclusion, asphalt paving will provide you with better structural integrity and a more pleasant driving surface, even if you use heavy vehicles.
Give us a call now at 770-629-0496 if you want to learn more about our asphalt paving solutions in and around Atlanta, GA. Let us take care of your driveways and walkways!