For many business and even homeowners, it is important to have a smooth surface to walk and drive on. A flawless asphalt surface looks appealing and improves safety for pedestrians and drivers. However, as durable and strong as asphalt may seem, it too needs maintenance. Asphalt is prone to cracks and potholes and needs help preventing these common damages. Andersen Asphalt & Striping will share how sealcoating can help protect and prevent common asphalt damages.
Barrier Against Water & Moisture into Asphalt
The primary culprit of potholes and cracks in asphalt is water penetrating deep into the asphalt. When water seeps into the surface and reaches the sub-layers of asphalt, it can lead to the base eroding. Additionally, freeze-thaw cycles can further accelerate the damage as the water expands and contracts. Sealcoating provides a waterproof top layer, preventing water to seep into the asphalt and prevent the damages water can cause.
Protection of Asphalt from UV Rays
Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause the asphalt binder to oxidize and become brittle. As the binder weakens, the asphalt loses its flexibility, making the asphalt more prone to cracks and potholes. By reflecting UV rays, sealcoating helps to protect the binder’s integrity, reducing the risk of surface fractures.
Asphalt Resistance to Chemicals
Asphalt can be affected by gasoline, oil, and other vehicle produced chemicals. These chemicals soften the asphalt, leading to structural damage over time. Sealcoating offers a protective layer, ensuring these chemicals don’t seep into and weaken the asphalt structure.
Enhanced Surface Flexibility
Asphalt needs a certain degree of flexibility to withstand the pressure of vehicular traffic without cracking. Sealcoating provides an added layer of flexibility to the asphalt, ensuring it can endure heavy loads and frequent use without giving way to cracks or potholes.
Early Identification of Asphalt Damages
One of the benefits of sealcoating is that it provides a fresh, even surface. Any developing cracks or depressions on the surface can be identified, allowing for timely repair before they become a much bigger problem such as cracks and potholes.
Save Money on Costly Asphalt Repairs
While there is an upfront cost with sealcoating, it is a worthwhile investment. Regularly sealcoated surfaces are less prone to major damages like deep cracks and potholes, saving property owners from costly repairs or even potential resurfacing projects in the future.
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Sealcoating is more than just a cosmetic enhancement for asphalt. It is an essential step to prevent damages to the asphalt and is designed to help improve strength, resilience, and the lifespan of the surface. With asphalt’s ability to hold off a number of damaging factors and maintain the structural integrity of asphalt, sealcoating is still an essential maintenance. For anyone looking to avoid the inconvenient damages and costs from repairing potholes and cracks, sealcoating is essential. Investment in sealcoating today can save a considerable amount of time, effort, and money in the future. For those who need help maintaining their asphalt and for sealcoating services, contact Andersen Asphalt & Striping today.