New to sealcoating? Just want to find out more about sealing? Whether you're shopping for a comprehensive commercial pavement maintenance plan or a driveway service, this page is the right place to start.
The Basics: To Beautify and Protect
Yes, sealcoating is a quick and easy way to add curb appeal to your driveway or parking lot, but what does it do exactly? For starters, as a surface protectant, sealer acts as a coating for your asphalt pavement, blocking out the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, preventing moisture penetration from the elements, and helping to prevent oxidation. In addition, a good quality sand-mix sealer fills small cracks in your pavement's surface. When applied in conjunction with a hot rubberized crack sealing program, the pavement's natural deterioration rate drops dramatically.
According to Transportation Department studies from five different states, a regular pavement maintenance program can help prevent costly overhaul and repaving expenses. For every $1 spent in pavement maintenance, $10 is saved in replacement costs (www.pavementpreservation.org). And, according to a fifteen year study by the Asphalt Institute (www.asphaltinstitute.org), a 40,000 sq. yd. parking lot utilizing a regular program of preventative sealcoating and crack repair saved approximately $45,000 in rehabilitation costs over the course of the study term.
Preventative Maintenance Programs
In order to properly maintain your asphalt and protect your investment over the life of the pavement it is important that you find a contractor capable of meeting these needs. At EastCoat, we offer a full range of pavement maintenance programs. We maintain a variety of parking lots for corporations, property managers and local, state, and federal government agencies. We also have progressive plans in place with private roads and residential shared driveways.
On a typical driveway in the Northeast climate zone, cracking is the biggest problem. Our crews thoroughly clean the entire driveway surface, then apply a hot rubberized crack sealant where applicable before sealcoating. This type of preventative maintenance ensures that the cracks won't develop into larger problems come winter. Our customers generally return every 2-3 years to repeat the process and to keep up with the maintenance.
Here's what Consumer Reports says about sealing: "Sealcoating helps protect the underlying pavement from air, sunlight, salts and petroleum products. It also prevents water from turning hairline cracks into bigger ones. The aggregate in the mix enhances traction, acts as a wear layer, and fills small cracks. Also, sealcoating gives the driveway a uniform black color."
According to This Old House Magazine, crack sealing was a number one necessity for fall home improvements: "Check for cracks in asphalt or concrete on driveway, sidewalks and paths. These can be a tripping hazard, and can invite water that will do more damage during the colder months."