Failing to keep your asphalt pavement sealcoated can allow for it to suffer considerable degradation due to exposure to the elements. While a sealcoat can be among the most effective ways of protecting asphalt pavement from water and solar damage, individuals will frequently fail to understand the process involved with applying one of these coatings to large asphalt pavement.
Preparing The Asphalt Pavement
Before the sealcoating can be applied, the asphalt surface will need to be prepared. In most cases, this will involve a thorough cleaning of the pavement that will be able to remove the dirt, pebbles, and other debris from the asphalt so that the sealcoat will be able to come into direct contact with the surface of the asphalt.
Applying The Sealcoat To The Pavement
The actual application of the sealcoat to the pavement will be a more difficult process than you may have anticipated. In order for a sealcoat to be effective, it will have to completely cover the entire surface of the pavement. Any areas that are not covered will be extremely vulnerable to developing damages that will lead to the rest of the seal coat in the surrounding area becoming compromised.
Curing The Sealcoat
After the sealcoat is applied, it will need time to cure and dry so that it will be able to offer lasting protection to the asphalt. During the curing and drying process, you will need to keep your vehicles off the pavement until this process has finished. While this can be somewhat disruptive, it will not take as long as you may assume. Generally, seal coatings will be ready to be walked on within a few hours of being applied, but it takes 24-48 hours to be ready for vehicles.
Maintaining The Sealcoat
A sealcoat will need some basic maintenance if it is to remain effective. For example, a sealcoat will have to be thoroughly cleaned every few weeks so that any substances that have gathered in it will be able to be removed before damage occurs. When cleaning the asphalt pavement, a pressure washer on its lowest setting will be an extremely effective way of removing any of these materials from the pavement without damaging the asphalt or the sealcoat that has been applied to it. While pressure washing the pavement, you should always wear eye protection. Otherwise, it may be possible for a small pebble or other pieces of debris to become airborne and strike you in the eye.
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