Asphalt Sealcoating


Asphalt is a durable and long-lasting paving material that is commonly used for roads, driveways, and parking lots. Properly made and installed asphalt pavements rarely weaken and deteriorate from traffic wear. However, like any other material, it is vulnerable to various threats that can damage its surface and shorten its lifespan.

Asphalt deterioration is caused by oxidation, petroleum spills and water intrusion. The sun will oxidize the pavement and begin evaporating oils that bind aggregates. The pavement becomes brittle, cracks, and exposes the subsurface. Eventually, erosion can reduce the thickness of the pavement. Petroleum product spills may dissolve asphalt, reducing the binding power of the aggregates and causing the pavement to fail. Water enters the cracks and exposed areas, it works its way into the subgrade and softens the base. During freeze cycles, the strength of asphalt is weakened as the expansion and contraction of ice loosen the aggregate. Ultimately the base begins to buckle under normal traffic load.

Importance of Sealcoating

To avoid those kinds of damages, you can do sealcoating which is a protective layer applied to the surface of asphalt pavement. It provides several benefits that can extend the life of the pavement and improve its appearance. Here are four benefits of sealcoating:

  1. Reduces Maintenance Costs: Over time, asphalt pavement can develop cracks and potholes that require costly repairs. By sealing the surface with a protective layer, sealcoating helps prevent damage and reduces the frequency and cost of repairs.

  2. Enhances Appearance: Sealcoating can improve the appearance of asphalt pavement, making it look like new again. The smooth, black surface of a freshly sealcoated pavement provides a clean, well-maintained appearance that can increase curb appeal and property value.

  3. Increases Safety: A smooth, even surface free of cracks and potholes can improve safety by reducing the risk of tripping and falling. Sealcoating helps keep the pavement surface in good condition, minimizing the risk of accidents.

  4. Saves Money: Sealcoating is a cost-effective way to extend the life of asphalt pavement. By protecting the surface from damage and reducing the need for repairs, sealcoating can save property owners money over the long term. Additionally, sealcoating is a relatively inexpensive process compared to the cost of resurfacing or replacing the pavement.

At Marcelo’s Asphalt Sealcoating, we use high-quality sealcoating materials and equipment to ensure the best results. Our experienced team will evaluate your pavement and recommend the best sealcoating solution for your needs and budget. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our sealcoating services.