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Education/FAQ

  • Q: What is sealcoat?
    A: Sealcoat is a combination of water, mineral fillers, and emulsified asphalt.
    Sealcoats are applied directly to an asphalt surface using a range of different tools including: mechanical sprayers, a broom or a squeegee.
  • Q: How does sealcoating help protect asphalt?
    A: Sealcoating functions as a barrier that seals the top of the asphalt. It protects asphalt from water, sun and air which will damage the asphalt and cause it to deteriorate more rapidly. Sealcoating also improves the appearance of asphalt by darkening and smoothing it, making line painting and cleaning simple.
  • Q: When should sealcoating be done?
    A: Sealcoating should be done 6-12 months after the asphalt is laid.
    Resealing may be necessary every 3-4 years as needed.
  • Q: Asphalt vs. Concrete; which one is better?
    A: The answer depends on soil conditions, climate conditions, and overll quality of aggregate in the region.  These are all factors that make the ultimate decision.  With proper maintenance of the asphalt, you can expect an excellent life cycle.  The biggest drawback with concrete is the repair costs.  Concrete repairs are typically more costly than asphalt, but may not need to be performed as often.
  • Q: How long should I stay off a newly paved or sealed parking lot?
    A: This is determined by weather and mix designs. For instance, if your lot is being  sealed in the summertime, with very warm temperatures, the drying time will be very fast, and you may be back on the lot within a half day.  When able, we stagger the sealcoating of your lot so that your customers are able to access your business.
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