The most common cause of asphalt paving problems is the penetration of water into the asphalt base. Oxidation of the asphalt surface will cause the asphalt to dry and become brittle. This leads to the erosion of the top layer of the asphalt which is fine particles and causes the appearance of larger stones and small cracks on the surface of the asphalt parking lot.
If asphalt problems are left untreated, cracks in your asphalt will grow and allow water to penetrate to the base of the asphalt pavement. When water enters the base of the pavement, the base material moves and settles leading to further cracking. When asphalt paving reaches this stage the only option is removal and replacement of the old asphalt parking lot, which is very expensive.
Asphalt Paving problems, will occur unless you maintain the surface of the asphalt, which will extend the life of the asphalt. Air and Water are unavoidable to your asphalt pavement, regardless of the condition of your Asphalt Paving, so if you want to keep your asphalt maintenance cost down, you’ll need a plan to maintain your asphalt pavement before it has to be replaced!
Florida Asphalt Solutions sealcoat material is a coal tar pitch emulsion that meets the Federal spec ASTM D 5727-00, standard Specification for Emulsified Refined Coal tar. Sealcoats are applied directly to the surface of your asphalt pavement.
Sealcoating seals the top layer of the asphalt, which prevents water from penetrating the surface of the asphalt pavement, protecting the top layer of asphalt from oxidation and wear caused by the exposure to Florida’s hot sun and air. Sealcoat asphalt will also beautify your parking lot, by providing a smooth, black, and even surface that’s ready for painting lines and sweeping.
Sealcoating is designed for areas where there’s low speed traffic and tight turning radiuses such as parking lots, mobile home parks, schools, etc. Sealcoating asphalt is different from slurry seals which use an aggregate filler which is designed for use on high speed traffic areas with straight rolling traffic.
Sealcoat seals your asphalt parking lot, by preventing the oxidation and erosion of the top layer of the asphalt. Especially on older asphalt parking lots, where the fine particles have been lost from the asphalt surface due to oxidation over time. Sealcoat seals the small cracks that can turn into large cracks and prevents water from seeping down to the base material, eroding the asphalt surface.
Sealcoat also protects the asphalt from the sun and chemical spills, like oil and gasoline. Sealcoating also provides an attractive black surface, which is ideal for painting lines and other needed markers, while leaving a smooth, clean surface for sweeping,which will lower your cleaning costs. Sealcoat costs pennies per square foot compared to dollars per square foot needed to repair or replace damaged asphalt
How Often Should Sealcoating be Done?
We recommend waiting 6-12 months before Sealcoating new asphalt pavement. After the asphalt surface has been sealed it should be re-sealed every 3 – 4 years to maintain a great looking parking lot free of defects.