Installing asphalt pavement and neglecting important maintenance procedures such as asphalt sealcoating is a little like buying a new car and never washing it or changing the motor oil. The car’s paint will suffer from sun exposure and corrosive elements, and the engine will not last as long. Similarly, without a proper maintenance program that includes sealcoating, your asphalt’s lifespan and appearance will suffer.
• New asphalt has an even surface and a rich black color. UV rays and other elements can fade the color, and minor “dings” can mar the surface. Sealcoating can help with both of these issues to improve the appearance of your asphalt pavement.
• Asphalt contains petroleum products that can dry out over time. Sealcoating helps asphalt retain its moisture, reducing the chances that pavement will become prematurely brittle.
• Eventually, any pavement on which vehicles park or drive will encounter a car that leaks some type of automotive fluid. Because most of these fluids are petroleum-based, they will interact with asphalt and soften it. Sealcoating gives you an extra layer of protection against these leaks.
• Sealcoating gives you additional protection against water damage. Water that penetrates beneath the pavement can erode the base and lead to extensive damage.
Sealcoating is not a “miracle cure” for damaged asphalt that has been neglected for 10 or 20 years. It is a preventive maintenance treatment to help you keep your asphalt pavement looking great throughout its entire life. It is important to remember that major damages, such as potholes or cracks, need to be repaired prior to sealcoating your pavement. Sealcoating is also not a permanent treatment; it will need to be reapplied periodically, usually every one to three years, depending on the weight and number of vehicles your pavement must withstand. However, sealcoating is not an expensive procedure — especially when compared to the cost of replacing your pavement.
If you would like to learn how you could make your asphalt pavement last twice as long, contact the professionals at LDC Paving. We are a full-service asphalt company serving the Houston metropolitan area and surrounding counties. Our crews are experienced, highly trained and committed to quality. When you need asphalt sealcoating we can offer you excellent results and affordable rates. Call 832-640-7296 or submit our online form to request your free, no-obligation quote.