What is Asphalt Sealcoating?

How do you protect your asphalt? Elements like U.V. rays, rain, and chemicals can begin to degrade asphalt, turning your parking lot or driveway into a brittle surface. Luckily, you can protect your asphalt against the elements, beautify it, and even prolong its life with sealcoating.

What is Asphalt Sealcoating?

Asphalt sealcoating is the process of applying a protective coating to asphalt pavements to provide protection from water, oil, and U.V. damage.

Sealcoating helps protect the underlying asphalt from damage from:

  • Gas and oil spills
  • Oxidation from UV (sun) exposure
  • De-icing chemicals

What is Asphalt Sealcoating Made From?

The sealcoat itself is an emulsion of coal tar or asphalt, water, and a fine aggregate like silica sand.

What Does Sealcoating Do?

There are three primary reasons for sealcoating your asphalt driveway or parking lot, including:

Waterproofing
Sealcoating can help waterproof the surface of your asphalt, help snow and ice melt faster, provide a smooth surface to make sweeping and cleaning easier, and prevent hairline cracks from turning into bigger ones.

Improves Appearance
Cosmetically, sealcoating can give an asphalt driveway a uniform black color that’s very appealing.

Extends the Life of Asphalt
Sealcoating is an effective part of a preventative maintenance program that may extend the life of an asphalt driveway or parking lot by up to 20 years, on average. How long the sealcoating extends the life of your asphalt will depend on how regularly you inspect the asphalt and whether or not you take care of issues as they arise.

Sealcoating can add years, if not decades, to the life of your driveway or parking lot.

Get a complimentary asphalt sealcoating consultation for your Bay Area parking lot or driveway from JV Lucas Paving.