Understanding and Familiarization of Asphalt Pavement and Sealcoating
People may wonder how some parking areas and other asphalt surfaces appear to be more attractive and maintained than the others. It is because these areas have undergone sealcoating that protects the asphalt from deteriorating. The concern in protecting the asphalted areas in your property should be a top priority, and one way to give protection to these areas is through sealcoating. Some may still have questions about the details surrounding the procedure, and so let us present briefly some of these basic procedures about sealcoating.
There will come a time when you will notice some cracks on your asphalted surfaces starting to appear and then come back. Once you see this condition happening, the first thing you have to do is to seal the presence of any cracks existing before the procedure of sealcoating will be conducted. This is because that if a crack is left not filled, you are allowing water to enter inside which can later cause damage to the asphalt pavement. Once the water goes into the pores of the surface, under the asphalt and into the base, you could be needing an expensive asphalt repairs in order to repair the damage done. Remember that the cracks have to be filled first so that no damage will occur even after you have applied sealcoat on the asphalted areas.
Take note that in properly filling the asphalt cracks for the first time, the sealing applied on the cracks will last the life of the sealcoating and you will not see cracks happening for a long period of time.
Some may wonder if they have to sealcoat their asphalt parking spaces every year, and the answer is not necessary. There are sealcoating companies that are trying to get sales from you, to encourage you to sealcoat your asphalt each year. Be aware that sealcoating your asphalted surfaces too much can be the source of future problems. It is good for a property manager to be aware that the first two coats of sealer applied on the asphalt are what actually protect the surface, and that the other coatings are merely for cosmetics only.
Some may ask if sealcoating is fine to conduct during hot weather, and the answer is yes on the basis that it is done using the correct techniques. Be aware that asphalt will be very hot too during hot weather. Applying then the sealer during this hot weather will cause the sealer to dry very quickly, and thus it can peel, off, or gets flaky and can get a streaky finish. Thus, the proper procedure then would be to spray with a light mist of water first the hot surface to give a cooling effect on the asphalt, and only then you can apply the sealer safely.