Asphalt Paving Blog

Cost Effectiveness of Asphalt Seal Coating

Posted by Daniel Wood on Tue, Oct 09, 2012 @ 07:00 AM

Asphalt is much cheaper to install than concrete is -- roughly 45% cheaper, in fact, when compared to concrete. Regularly seal coating your new asphalt every three to four years will greatly extend the life of your asphalt, at minimal cost. Why is asphalt seal coating so cost-
effective?

  • It makes it easier to keep asphalt clean

asphalt-seal-coatingBecause asphalt seal coating provides a barrier to water and dirt, your asphalt will stay cleaner. Cleaner asphalt doesn't break down as quickly as asphalt that's been exposed to dirt and moisture does. Because of this, you extend the life of your asphalt significantly when you apply seal coating on a regular schedule.

  • It slows down oxidation

Oxidation does unfortunate things to your asphalt, causing it to break down and deteriorate. Oxidation is a natural process that's unavoidable to some extent, and it damages your asphalt much as it does your car when it rusts because it's been left outside, exposed to the elements. However, regularly performing asphalt seal coating effectively "rustproofs" your asphalt just as a rustproofing treatment will rustproof your car and protect it from the elements. The seal coating provides a protective barrier against the elements so that your
asphalt can't "rust" or deteriorate because of oxidation.

  • It makes oil and gas spills "bead up on" your asphalt

It's bad enough that your asphalt is exposed to outside elements like sun and water that cause its slow breakdown, but oil and gas spills can cause immediate damage. With asphalt seal coating, oil and gas spills will stay on top of the asphalt instead of being absorbed into it. Simply clean up your spill, with no damage done.

  • It makes your asphalt more flexible

When you regularly seal coat your asphalt, you in effect prevent or at least slow down its aging. Your asphalt stays flexible and "like new" longer, thus minimizing and even preventing
seal-coating the cracks that can occur because of temperature changes and use.

  • It makes your asphalt stay new looking

Few things can make your home or business look more neglected than a cracked, worn asphalt parking lot or driveway. New asphalt and its rich, velvety appearance give your home or business a much-needed facelift, one that will have customers or visitors knowing that you care. Regularly seal coating your asphalt keeps up that appearance, with minimal cost and effort.

Do you have a question about asphalt seal coating? Please ask!