Sealcoating protects your driveway from environmental deterioration as well as petrochemicals from leaking vehicles. Sealcoating prolongs the life of your asphalt and enhances the appearance of your property. Sealcoating and crack-filling are often misunderstood. Many people believe their driveway will be smooth and level and the cracks will no longer be visible after sealcoating. This is a good description of resurfacing, but not for sealcoating. Sealcoating improves the appearance of asphalt leaving a fresh surface protecting pavement against destructive sun, gas, salt, oil snow, rain & frost while sealing in the asphaltic oils which keep your asphalt young, flexible and beautiful.
We recommend that you seal every two to three years. Many businesses seal every other year. Sealing is an excellent way to avoid expensive repairs and maintain an aesthetically pleasing drive or parking lot.
Here are some factors to consider when deciding how often to seal: How much traffic does the pavement receive? What are the weather conditions? What application methods were used when the sealer was applied? These issues can affect its longevity.
We use both a brush and spray unit. The sprayer works well for our commercial jobs because we can cover a large area in a short amount of time. This helps to apply the sealer at a good pace and prevents flashing or lines that may appear from overlapping layers of sealer that have dried at different times. We still use brushes for the edge work on our commercial jobs to ensure cleanliness.
The sealcoating application should cure for approximately 24 to 36 hours before you drive on it. Generally, you can walk on it after 12 hours, but the weight of your vehicles may cause power steering tire marks. Actual drying time will depend on the weather, humidity and sunlight. It may also take longer to dry in shaded areas.
When alligator crack areas appear in a parking lot it means that water has penetrated the subgrade layer and that pavement can no longer support the weight of traffic. It’s a sign of extreme pavement deterioration that requires complete pavement reconstruction to fix.
Hot product melts into the width/depth/size of your pavement cracks, for greater adhesion & movement. Applied with Crafco Super Shot 125, the superior flexible product is installed into your widest pavement openings (ie, we actually “fill” not just band-aid “over”).
Sealcoating can be applied for PENNIES per square foot. This is in comparison to replacing an asphalt surface which can be up to 20 times that amount. Sealcoating extends the life of asphalt surfaces and should be applied every other year. The cost of sealcoating is truly a minor expense when compared to the cost of pavement replacement.
Be diligent about inspecting your pavement so you find small cracks before they turn into bigger ones. Commit to yearly pavement inspection and maintenance to fix minor cracks and problems before they turn into bigger problems. Crack filling and sealcoating are the best way to prevent more cracks from forming in pavement.