Asphalt is a versatile substance that creates great streets, driveways, parking lots and more. However, it can be damaged over time as it is subjected to the elements. Constant exposure to rain, ice, and harsh sunlight can cause cracks as well as crumbling over time. That's why asphalt must be treated with sealcoating.
Damage to Asphalt
When asphalt is subjected to direct sunlight each day, it can get dried out. As it dries and the natural moisture inside is depleted, the asphalt can become pitted as it is used. A high-traffic area in the sun is particularly susceptible to crumbling and developing potholes. But with sealcoating, the substance is protected from the sunlight. It won't get too dry and begin to crumble when it's in the hot summer sun.
Long Life and Good Looks
Asphalt doesn't last forever and leaving it unsealed means a shorter lifespan. But when it has a sealcoat, asphalt can last longer because it stays in better shape. And because it is protected from the most damaging elements, it stays looking good longer. The sealcoat protects it from damage that can age it both in looks and in practical use.
The Effects of Water on Asphalt
One of the most important benefits of sealcoating is that it protects asphalt from water damage. A little water may not seem like it could cause much damage, but it is one of the most damaging elements. As the asphalt gets wet again and again, holding the water can cause small cracks to form. Then, when the water freezes in those cracks, it expands and makes the cracks larger. As it freezes and thaws several times, it causes more and more cracks.
Easier to Use and Clean
With the surface of the asphalt protected by a sealcoat, the surface of it will remain smoother. This makes it far easier to walk and drive over. The smoothness also makes it easier to clean. You won't have to worry about the heat and rain of the summer or the snow and sleet of the winter.
Sealcoating is a fast procedure, and you won't have to wait weeks to use the space. Once it's done, it's good for years of protection! Contact us today to get a quote.