Understanding and Familiarization of Asphalt Pavement and Sealcoating
There are some parking areas and other asphalt surfaces that you will notice to be more well maintained and attractive looking. 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.
You may be starting to notice some surface cracks appearing and coming back on the asphalt surfaces of your property. The immediate thing to do when this condition happens is to seal any existing cracks present on the surface before you start the sealcoating procedure on them. For the reason that if the cracks are left unfilled, you are inviting water to go inside and will cause later some damages to your asphalt pavement. Be aware that an expensive asphalt repairs could happen in order to repair the damage, if the water that penetrated will start damaging the pores of the surface and into the base of the asphalt. Bear in mind that damage can still occur even if you have applied sealcoat on the asphalted surfaces if the existing cracks were not filled in the first place.
Thus, it is important to bear in mind that filling up the cracks properly as the first step will help last a longer life of your sealcoat, and this will prevent appearance of cracks for a long period.
There are questions if your asphalted parking areas for example need to be applied with sealcoat every year, and the answer to this is no. In order to get sales from you, some sealcoating companies will try to convince you of the necessity to sealcoat your asphalted surfaces every year. Be informed that if you put too much sealcoating, it can even lead to several issues. As a property manager, know that what gives protection to the asphalt is your first two coats application of sealer, and that the rest of the applications are generally for cosmetic purposes only.
You may wonder if you can apply sealcoating during the hot season, and the answer is yes, for as long as you use the proper procedures. Be informed that asphalt gets very hot too during hot weather. Know that when sealer is applied to a temperature say above 90 degrees, the sealer will dry up very quickly, leaving the surface to be streaky in finish, flaky and peeling off. 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.