An asphalt pavement is an economical choice that offers many other benefits, including a speedy installation. Properly constructed and well-maintained asphalt pavements can have extremely long lives. However, if you want to ensure that your asphalt pavement looks great, lasts for many years, and only requires economical repairs as it ages, you should maintain your sealcoating. A sealcoating contractor typically advise their customers to have an experienced sealcoating professional seal their pavements within 12 months of construction, then have the procedure repeated at the interval appropriate for the specific pavement.
Why Additives Are Valuable for the Sealcoating Contractor & The Client
What Is Asphalt Sealcoating?
Sealcoating is the application of a liquid sealant to the surface of an asphalt pavement. As the sealant cures, it creates a hard shell that helps to protect the pavement from damage. Because asphalt pavement and parking lot maintenance contractors typically purchase concentrated forms of sealants from sealcoating manufacturers, they must add silica sand and water to the concentrated sealant to prepare it for application. When preparing the sealcoating mix, contractors may incorporate additives that increase the benefits of the sealant.
What Are the Benefits of Parking Lot Sealcoating?
Whether an asphalt pavement serves as a parking lot, cul-de-sac, sidewalk, or sports court, sealcoating can help prevent damage to the pavement and its supporting foundation. Sealcoating serves as a sunscreen to block the harmful UV rays that leave asphalt pavements faded, brittle, dry, and prone to cracking. Sealants also help protect against water infiltration, chemical spills, and automotive fluids. Furthermore, parking lot sealcoating improves traction for both pedestrians and vehicles, and its rich, dark color provides excellent contrast for pavement markings.
How Do Additives Benefit Parking Lot Sealcoating Contractors and Their Customers?
When selecting an additive, an asphalt contractor considers which sealant properties need to be enhanced. For example, an additive that helps keep the sand evenly distributed throughout the sealant mix can enhance traction on the pavement and make the sealant more durable. An additive that accelerates the drying time of the sealant can allow the contractor to complete the job in less time. Faster completion times can benefit the customer by reducing the length of time that the pavement must remain closed. The contractor’s labor costs and mobilization expenses can be reduced, and the customer may benefit from a lower total bill. If customers are sorely in need of sealcoating during times when the weather is borderline, there are additives that can help contractors provide the full range of paving services that customers need to maximize their pavement protection. There are also additives to make the color darker or more uniform, increase resistance to petrochemicals, help the sealcoating adjust to extreme temperature fluctuations, or make the sealant more resistant to tire scuffing.
How Many Additives Might A Sealcoating Contractor Use When Sealcoating My Pavement?
Manufacturers produce additives to match their sealants, so the number of possible additives can vary. However, on most jobs, sealcoating contractors will usually select just one additive. Some additives can provide multiple benefits; for example, a single additive may accelerate drying time, darken the color, and enhance uniformity.
How May We Serve You?
At Asphalt Care Services, we are committed to helping customers along the Atlantic Coast of Florida create, maintain, and repair their asphalt pavements. Our paving services include asphalt sealcoating, parking lot striping, asphalt paving, parking lot maintenance, asphalt repairs, traffic signage, thermoplastic line striping, concrete bumpers, bollard installations, and speed bumps. We are experienced, reputable asphalt contractors with an outstanding reputation for craftsmanship, integrity, service, and dependability. If you wish to request a free quote, simply email us at [email protected], call 772-888-2840, or submit the online form.