What to Know Before You Sealcoat

Man sealing an asphalt driveway, sealcoat protection

If you're looking for a long-term, cost-effective solution that will protect your asphalt and your wallet, there's no better choice than sealcoating. However, there are a few things you'll need to do first--so sit back, relax, and let us help you with your sealcoating homework!

The Basics

First, a crash-course in sealcoating: it's precisely what it sounds like. Instead of replacing your asphalt, which can get pricey depending on the size of your driveway or parking lot, you have the experts put a clear, protective "coat" over your existing asphalt. This coat helps protect your asphalt from weather conditions, damaging sunlight, wear and tear, and other potential risks--and it keeps everything looking excellent, too. The best part about sealcoating is that it's an affordable solution to small issues that could otherwise become really big issues.

The Checklist

Here's the "before you sealcoat" checklist to make sure you're ready to go!

#1: Did you have an assessment?

An assessment helps you understand your asphalt's strengths and weaknesses. The idea is to identify issues ahead of time so that the sealcoat process doesn't miss anything--and so that your asphalt ends up safe and attractive.

#2: Did you check the forecast?

Rain, snow, and cool temperatures can all make the sealcoating process a real challenge. Keep an eye on the forecast, and be sure to reschedule if the weather gets questionable.

#3: Did you clear and clean the area?

Asphalt needs to be prepared for sealcoating. To do this, clear the area of any obstacles (like vehicles) and debris (like pebbles or sticks). Clean the surface of the asphalt, paying special attention to grease spots; sealcoat won't stick to dirty asphalt! Finally, make sure your driveway or parking lot is blocked off for the entirety of the process so you get the most out of sealcoating.

Want to learn more about sealcoating? Looking for more asphalt solutions? Contact us today!

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