What Is Sealcoating and What Does It Do?
| by ima vex | Aug 24, 2021 | Asphalt & Concrete |

When you think about the amount of time, resources, and labor that go into the installation of your commercial lot, it makes sense that you want to preserve your pavement for as long as possible. A common service many pavement owners turn to is asphalt sealcoating, which is the application of a thin, protective layer on the surface of your pavement. It helps to prevent the development of new damage from rain, snow, oils, and UV rays.

Here’s how sealcoating can help extend the lifetime of your asphalt pavement. 

1. Slows The Oxidation Process

Oxidation occurs when your pavement is consistently exposed to the sun’s UV rays. Over time, this can cause a number of damages such as the loss of your pavement’s flexibility, which can lead to cracking or other forms of damage, and a fade in color. By applying sealcoating, your pavement will have an extra layer of protection against the sun to slow this process down. 

2. Saves Time and Money

Sealcoating in itself is inexpensive, and if done regularly, it can help you save time and money in the long run. A well-maintained asphalt pavement will require fewer repairs, thus, reducing your costs and time in comparison to pavement that isn’t sealcoated. 

3. Provides Water Protection

If your asphalt has existing cracks, a new layer of sealcoat can help fill them in to prevent water from entering. Water is known to be one of the more harmful elements to pavement due to the freezing and thawing cycle it undergoes, so by filling these cracks in, you can prevent them from expanding and causing further damage.

4. Melts Snow And Ice

Believe it or not, a fresh layer of sealcoat can melt snow and ice more quickly. The dark, black color absorbs more heat from the sun to accelerate the melting process, which is especially helpful for clearing the buildup of snow and ice in the winter. 

In order to keep your pavement protected and looking new, it’s best to sealcoat it every 3 years. At Hasco, we offer a variety of commercial sealcoating services. Fill out a form here or call us at 317-769-7283 to find out how you can preserve the lifetime of your commercial lot.