Please view some of the frequently asked questions that I’ve encountered through-out the years.
Why asphalt pavements deteriorates?
Properly designed and constructed asphalt pavements rarely wear out from too much traffic. Instead, pavement deterioration is caused primarily by oxidation, water intrusion, and petroleum spills.
What is Pavement Maintenance?
Regular pavement maintenance that includes cracksealing and sealcoating can more than double the life of an asphalt pavement. Sealing the cracks will protect the subsurface from moisture, the number one enemy of asphalt pavements. Sealcoating the pavement will protect the surface from moisture penetration, petroleum spills, and ultra-violet rays that oxidize the asphalt and make it brittle.
When should i begin?
To get maximum life from an asphalt pavement, maintenance should begin soon after pavement is constructed. After allowing approximately 1 year for the pavement to fully cure the asphalt should be sealed. Any cracks should first be routed and sealed with a hot rubberized cracksealer and kept sealed as needed.
How long will it last?
The condition of the asphalt has a great bearing on how long the sealer lasts. Obviously, a pavement in good shape will hold a sealcoat better than a pavement that has been neglected. The life expectance of a good sealer is about three to four year. Crack repair is three to eight years. Quality Sealcoating warranties crack repair for three years.
Should seal coating be performed on an annual basis?
No. Sealing your asphalt too much can lead to many problems but beware of some seal coating installers as they may lead you to believe otherwise.
Sealer applied annually tends to crack and flake after about 10 years of annual applications or less and may even crack the surface of the pavement. This may influence the owner to resurface prematurely. Too much maintenance by over sealing are; tracking, creating slippery surfaces, and basically are unnecessary costs to the property owner.
Cracks always seem to come back, so why bother filling them?
Inexperienced contractors will shy away from filling cracks. It is important to seal cracks especially in climates that are subjected to freezing temperatures with a quality, usually hot-applied product made for crack sealing BEFORE seal coating. Seal coating unsealed cracks will allow water in, getting into the pores of the blacktop and can cause damage to the pavement. The team members of Quality Sealcoating will know the best solution to treat cracks before seal coating and will explain the process to you. Properly treating your pavement will last the life of the sealcoating and the cracks won’t “come back”. Quality Sealcoating prvides a three year warranty on crack repair.