We all know that it is very important to seal our asphalt driveways, pavements, and parking lots. The main benefit of sealcoating your asphalt roadways and pavements is to protect them from water and moisture infiltration and from the seepage of other oxidation agents like ultraviolet light and oxygen. The percolation of these foreign elements into the surface of your asphalt pavement will affect the physical integrity of the installed surface. As such, you should always ensure that your asphalt pavements are properly sealed soon after construction. You should then apply a fresh sealcoat on your asphalt driveway every 2-3 years to enhance its aesthetic appeal and keep it protected. You can use the following tips when sealing your asphalt pavements, driveways, and parking lots.
Before you start to patch and seal any cracks on your asphalt pavement surfaces, you should take some time to thoroughly inspect all your driveways and parking lots for any cracks and potholes. In other words, you should avoid partial seal jobs. This is where you patch or seal one crack at a time. Although this might seem less resource-intensive, it’s quite costly in the long run. Instead of fixing just the cracks you see at a time, you should inspect the whole property and launch full-scale repairs of all your asphalt road or pavement surfaces. Make sure to concentrate on the edges of your driveways and pavements as these are the most susceptible to physical damage.
Fill All Cracks Before Sealcoating
You should make a point of identifying and repairing all cracks and potholes on your asphalt driveways and pavements before applying a fresh sealcoat on them. If there are only a few small cracks and/or potholes on your asphalt driveway, then the repairs will be quite easy. However if you haven’t done some repairs for some time, you will need the services of a professional Greenwood asphalt repair company to patch or fill all the huge cracks and potholes on your asphalt driveways and parking lot. After repairing all the cracks on your asphalt paved surfaces, you can now go ahead to apply the sealcoat.
Cleaning Before Sealing
Before you apply a fresh sealcoat on your asphalt driveway or parking lot, you should first clean it thoroughly to remove all debris from the surface. Sweep and blow the surface of your asphalt pavements before the sealing exercise. This removes all dirt, leaves, sand, rocks, sticks, grit, spilled gasoline and oils, and any other heavy debris from the surface. After this initial cleanup, you should then hose down your asphalt pavement with pressurized water to get rid of all fine debris. If your asphalt driveway or parking lot is particularly dirty, you can use commercial asphalt cleaners to scrub it clean.
If you decide to seal your asphalt pavements without the help of a professional, you should follow all the instructions on the asphalt sealant. You should always wear protective gear and clothing when handling the task. After sealing your asphalt roadways and pavements, you should wait the indicated time before using them again.
Notably, you should seal your asphalt road and pavement surfaces regularly without overdoing it. You shouldn’t apply a fresh sealcoat on your asphalt surfaces on a yearly basis; rather do so every two to three years to avoid peeling and causing hairline cracks on the asphalt surfaces.