Sealcoating is a mixture of emulsified asphalt, mineral filler, water and different other mixtures. It is directly applied on top of asphalts. This prevents the water from penetrating the surface of the pavement and protects the top later of asphalt from oxidation and wear that is caused by exposure to air and sun.
It is also used to beautify the pavement by providing a black, smooth and even surface that is ideal for sweeping and painting lines. Sealcoating is a process that is popular when it comes to driveways and parking areas to prevent damages to the pavement that is caused by the weather.
Whether you are learning how to do it for a project or interested on how repairs work, this is the article for you!
1. When Can I Sealcoat My Driveway?
Sealcoating can be applied a year after the initial pavement has properly cured. You will need to protect the area at least 36-48 hours after applying the coat. This allows the chemicals to set and cure. The recommended temperature when starting is project is at around 55°F.
Depending on the traffic situation, whether you are using it commercially or for your home, we suggest that you seal your driveway every 2 to 3 years.
2. What Are the Different Types of Seal Coatings Available?
Sealers play an important role in protecting asphalt. Therefore there are different sealers that have advantages and drawbacks. Here are some of the popular sealers that you can choose from:
To know the right type of sealer, contact our specialists today at (425) 357-7551!
3. How Much Does Sealcoating Cost?
The average cost of materials that is used is about 40 center per square foot. Although this varies with the area that you are in and the area that needs to be covered. The cost can be approximately $1 per square feet for a typical driveway.
With the cost of the sealants, it can range from $6 to $9 for 5-gallons that can cover about 400 square feet. Top graded products can cost $25 for 5-gallons and can cover up to 300 square feet!
4. What Are the Benefits of Sealcoating?
Sealcoating your driveway has different benefits such as the following:
Sealcoating acts as a barrier coat between asphalt surfaces and destructive elements. Doing it yourself isn’t really recommended especially if you are doing it for the very first time. Call our contractors here at Maple Valley Painters at (425) 357-7551 for a professional and perfect fix for your driveway!