Sealcoating Preparation

May 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Testimonials

Proper maintenance of an asphalt surface requires periodic sealcoating. Asphalt will deteriorate over time from the effects of weather, rain,
sun, chemicals, etc. Sealcoating, like painting the exterior of a house, will protect your driveway or parking area from the elements and
save you money in the long run.
One of the most important steps in the sealcoating process is surface preparation. In order to obtain a properly sealed driveway
or parking area, several steps must be taken to insure proper adhesion of the sealcoating material and to eliminate any sub-surface
sources for future deterioration.
First, the area must be swept and cleaned thoroughly to remove all excess debris. Sometimes it is necessary to wash the
surface with water. Grass should be removed from around the edges and from any cracks or potholes that may be present.
A weed and grass killer may be applied. It is important that the roots be dead or removed on any vegetation that exists
in a crack or hole or it will continue to cause damage to the asphalt in the future. Grease spots should be cleaned, treated and primed.
The next, and one of the most important steps to be taken prior to sealcoating, is the repair of all cracks and holes.
The way each is handled will depend entirely on the size and nature of the crack or pothole. Small areas can be
remedied by the owner but larger areas should be professionally treated. Your sealcoating professional knows exactly
what steps should be taken for each type of area.
Generally the area is properly cleaned, filled and then these areas are sealed. The cleaning involves scraping away
any loose asphalt and smoothing the edges of the area. Next a filler product is used.
The actual sealcoating process will be done only when all preparation work is completed. Proper prepping will
insure that the sealcoating provides maximum protection. One or more top coats of sealant will be applied depending on the condition of the driveway.


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