What is Sealcoating?

Asphalt is exceptionally durable. It is also naturally prone to cracks that can become potholes when left alone. Sealcoating and proper asphalt maintenance can prevent this from happening.

How can sealcoating extend the life of asphalt?


Asphalt sealing prevents potholes from appearing by keeping water from seeping through cracks and into the substrate of pavements. Asphalt pavement is composed of aggregate and bitumen.

Aggregate is usually a mixture of sand, gravel, and crushed rocks. Bitumen is the material that binds them together. It also serves as the barrier that protects the aggregate from water damage.

Cracks can fill up with water. The binder that holds the aggregate cannot withstand extended exposure to water and moisture. Water exposure can make the binder thinner and weaker. It can lead to more pavement damage when not immediately addressed.

One way to mitigate pavement wear is by adding a layer of protection to the asphalt pavement. A sealcoating product effectively fills surface cracks and prevents water from damaging the binder. Sealcoating as a preventive pavement maintenance measure can help avoid costly asphalt repairs caused by moisture and water damage.

Sealcoating also has other benefits aside from protecting asphalt surfaces from damage caused by water exposure. Here are some of them:

Slowing oxidation

Asphalt is naturally prone to damage caused by UV rays. The bitumen that binds the aggregate in asphalt pavement deteriorates when exposed to UV because of oxidation. It can become super rigid and eventually crack when exposed to heavy traffic. Asphalt sealers can help reduce the impact of UV ray exposure on the pavement.

Curb Appeal

A parking lot with several cracks and other defects can reduce the curb appeal of any property. Appearances can affect people’s perception of a property’s value. Sealcoating asphalt driveways or parking spaces can significantly improve your property’s curb appeal by filling out the cracks. First impressions often last in real estate.

Smoothens Surfaces

Aside from improving the aesthetic value of a property, driveway sealcoating can also smoothen pavement surfaces. Smooth surfaces are generally easier to clean and maintain.

Melts Snow Faster

Sealers come in dark, rich colors that effectively absorb and retain heat. Snow and ice accumulating on seal-coated pavements will melt faster because of this.

How much does sealcoating cost?

Sealcoating contractors usually quote costs per square foot. It can vary depending on the asphalt sealer material to be used and the complexity of the application.

Call us today to get your free quotation or if you have questions about sealcoating. Our friendly staff is excited to tell you more about the cost-effective options that we offer.