Asphalt seal coats are designed to enhance the longevity of your pavement and its pristine appearance. Seal coatings are applied with immense precision to protect the integrity of your pavement while, simultaneously, maximizing its strength, resilience, and overall functionality. Adding a seal coating to your paved surfaces can reduce the maintenance required over time and protect your asphalt from potential damage.
Applying an asphalt seal coat is much more than painting on a layer of product. The process requires assessment into the condition of your existing asphalt or shortly after installation of your newly-paved asphalt. Once determined, the pavement must be cleared of any dust and lingering debris that could interfere with the application of the seal coat. This can include the removal of weeds, stains, or other materials that have the potential to compromise the seal coat’s effectiveness. After the pavement has been cleared, it may need to be cleaned with a power-washing system to remove dirt and buildup from its pores. Asphalt cleaners sometimes also need to be used if the surface has suffered from oil or gasoline stains as the result of vehicle traffic. Only then, is your asphalt ready for a seal coat.
While asphalt seal coats can maintain the appearance of your fresh pavement, they are also created to protect asphalt from elemental damages such as UV exposure and rain. Overexposure to these elements can prematurely deteriorate your asphalt and result in cracking, crumbling, and potholes or uneven surfaces. To avoid this altogether, seal coats often work best when applied to freshly-installed asphalt that has yet to succumb to elemental damage. Seal coats can still be applied to older asphalt surfaces or those that have been patch repaired and can increase the pavement’s stability for a bit longer than if it had done without.
Timing is crucial in determining when your asphalt surface is ready for a seal coat. The current state of your asphalt will help us decide what next steps need to be taken in order for seal coats to be applied appropriately and with optimal success. If this is a first-time application to an older asphalt surface, your pavement may have previously oxidized over time and could require a primer prior to application. For recently-paved asphalt, it is recommended to wait about 12 weeks post-installation to apply a seal coat. Seal coats are best applied during the drier months of the year to avoid contact with rain or snow, which could then compromise the seal coat’s drying time and potential after application.
As Maryland’s asphalt-driveway professionals, Bowie Driveway Paving Pros is trusted as the area’s driveway contractors. We are trained in the art of asphalt seal coating and are backed by our license to work with such delicate products and materials. If applied incorrectly, seal coats can be hazardous and harmful, so it is important to enlist the services of a licensed professional to assist you in achieving beautifully-sealed pavement.