If you’ve recently had a company put asphalt paving on a driveway or parking lot, they may have recommended that you have a seal coating applied to the surface. Wondering if taking a step like that is really necessary? This quick guide can help you make sense of it.
What is it?
When it comes to a seal coating, asphalt experts will all tell you that you simply can’t do without it, and for good reason. It’s a protective layer on top of your surface that can help to extend its life. There are several different formulas available, and the one applied to your surface may depend on multiple factors. All of them, though, are designed to keep the binders inside asphalt from degrading over time.
Why Should I?
Asphalt sealing will certainly take some time and money, but it actually protects your investment in the long run. Neglecting your surface can mean that bill may hit more than 5 times the cost it would have if you’d just put a seal coat on it.
Asphalt can degrade thanks to a number of factors. Lots of traffic? Expect your parking lot to suffer. Damaging Austin sun? That, too, can damage your parking lot. Lots of rain? Expect damage there, as well. Seal coating can mean a parking lot or driveway that lasts decades instead of just a few years at a time.
Do I Have To?
If you’re short on time and money, you may be looking to save some cash by avoiding the seal coating process. While you certainly don’t have to add a seal coat to your parking lot or driveway, you may want to in a couple of instances. First, if you want to save money over time and extend the life of your asphalt surface, a seal coat is a must. Asphalt begins to fail when the top layer starts to erode thanks to the penetration of water. You begin to notice cracks that will grow, and eventually, those cracks penetrate the base, creating much larger problems. Once it reaches that point, the only way to handle it is to remove and repave. With a sealer, the cracks not only won’t happen initially, but they also won’t get very far if you continually maintain that sealed surface.
The second reason you’ll certainly want to add a seal coat is if you want to keep that amazing look to your asphalt. Curb appeal is a must for businesses, stores, and even homes these days, and a big part of the reason those driveways and parking lots look so nice is the seal coat. It helps to give asphalt an even appearance that’s easy to touch up.
You don’t have to seal coat, but it’s certainly something to consider if you’re looking to protect your investment at every level. For more info on seal coating asphalt, contact Bennett Paving today.
Bennett Paving Inc.
23004 Windy Valley Road
Leander, TX 78641
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