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Sealcoating by Rose Paving
All pavement, regardless of where it’s located, is subject to the damaging effects of water, weather, and standard wear and tear, causing the life of the parking lot to shorten. Fortunately, Rose Paving’s nationwide team of pavement sealcoating experts is here to protect your pavement from the elements and consistent use.
What Is Sealcoating?
Sealcoating is the process of sealing and protecting asphalt surfaces from oxidation, moisture, fading and erosion. Sealcoating is critical to the integrity of asphalt surfaces, and is the best way to maintain your parking lot.
Sealcoating is one of the most important elements in a pavement management plan, because sealcoating:
- Protects paved surfaces against the scourge of chemicals, snow salt, water and ultraviolet rays;
- Minimizes exposure to oxygen and UV rays;
- Ensures the longevity of asphalt surfaces, and
- Improves the visual aesthetic of the pavement and the property it covers.
What is Sealcoating Made of?
A sealcoat consists of either coal tar pitch or asphalt cement mixed with inert fillers, water, emulsifying agents or additives. Applied in thin coats, pavement sealing is used to protect off-highway pavement surfaces against gasoline, oil, salt, water, and ultraviolet rays.
Though similar in composition and how they are applied, sealcoating and asphalt are, in fact, different materials that serve different purposes. Follow the link to learn more about the differences between sealcoating and asphalt paving or read our Sealcoating Guide: What to Expect from Sealcoating.
What Does Sealcoating Do?
A sealcoat is applied to asphalt surfaces as a preventative measure to protect the paved surface from gasoline, salt, water, ultraviolet rays and oil – all substances which erode and damage asphalt. The sealcoating acts like a barrier, filling in any small cracks or areas where moisture seeps in, and preserving the structural integrity of your asphalt. Sealcoating also provides a fresh, new appearance and improves the aesthetic of the entire property. Of the many benefits of sealcoating your pavement, there are three that stand out as especially beneficial to business.
Benefits of Sealcoating Include:
- Beautification – When covered with a dark black sealant, pavement looks and wears like new. Fresh sealcoating also projects a positive image of the company, facility, or residential complex.
- Protection – The value of protecting your parking lot from cracking, fading and erosion can not be overstated. Beyond the aesthetic value, protecting your pavement from weather, water, and regular wear and tear is the best way to avoid the cost of a full pavement replacement.
- Longevity – Sealcoating as a part of regular pavement maintenance is the best way to ensure the integrity, longevity and value of your pavement. Like any property investment, the more you care for your pavement, the less it costs to maintain over time.
If you’d like to learn more about the sealcoating process or see a sealcoating crew in action, we recommend you watch this video on sealcoating services from Rose Paving’s local Los Angeles team.
How Long Does Sealcoating Last?
A fresh application of sealcoat will protect a paved surface for three years depending on the state of the pavement when the sealcoat was applied. In other words, sealcoating lasts longer when applied to fresh paved surfaces.
How Much Does Sealcoating Cost?
The cost of sealcoating depends heavily on the price of materials and the size of the pavement structure. In any case, the best way to find the exact cost of a sealcoating project is to get in touch with a Rose Paving team member today.
When Should You Sealcoat?
Sealcoating is best applied when the surface and air temperatures are 50° or above for a period of 24 hours or more. Therefore, the optimal time of year to sealcoat paved surfaces is the late spring, summer and early autumn months.
In the Chicagoland area, for example, the paving season typically ends by mid-November. In warmer climates, like Florida or California, the sealcoating season can be extended into the winter months.
If you are reading this in the spring and summer months, then we recommend that you conduct a post-winter damage assessment to map out the areas of your pavement that require service, then call Rose Paving for a consultation.
As a nationwide team with offices near you, Rose Paving is well-versed in the optimal times to sealcoat any paved surface anywhere in the country no matter the time of year.
Why Choose Rose Paving For Seal Coating?
Sealcoating improves the integrity, longevity and aesthetic of any paved surface, but only if it’s done correctly. With more than 40+ years of experience as the premium paving contractor in North America, there is no one more prepared or better qualified to sealcoat your parking lot or any other asphalt surface.
Contact our dedicated sales team today to schedule a consultation. Whether you need a new layer of sealcoating, lot marking or a brand new parking lot, Rose Paving is your go-to expert on all things paving, asphalt, sealing coating and more.