We have given a small chemistry lesson on the composition of asphalt, and it is evident that it follows the same principles. The Ultraviolet light from the sun exposes the asphalt driveways to decay and wearing out over time. The weather is a great factor in the aging process of your driveway. During winter and rainy seasons, the asphalt binding becomes hardened and easily brittle. Thus, as a company with experience in maintenance, the solution we usually seek is the asphalt sealer. Sealcoating being one of our services is highly recommended every 3 to 5 years to landscape your driveway.
Our definition of high-quality sealers.
As paving contractors, there is good advice on asphalt sealers that seems generally crucial for our clients. Considering that most pavements require maintenance every 5 years, an excellent sealer should have a lasting warranty. The quality of the sealer shouldn't be necessarily tied to its price but rather the duration of its warranty. Here, we assure you of great choices in asphalt sealers that last as long as 6 years. Other sealers have up to 7-year warranties due to added acrylic polymers.
As our client working on a modest budget, we feel it is our responsibility to fill you in on some maintenance hacks. It is unwise to opt for generic asphalt-based coatings that will only save a small percentage of your budget. This will only last through one bitter winter or harsh summer and leave your driveway exposed to the elements. You would rather pick out a slightly more costly sealer but one that will save you professional maintenance costs in the long run.
There are variant types of fillers that are useful in the driveway;
Quite costly but considering its high quality, a perfect choice of an asphalt sealer. The sealer forms a durable seal coating material due to its additional acrylic polymers. These polymers make it resistant to UV and thereby harsh weather conditions that cause wear and tear of pavements. It is also manufactured without petroleum components and is thereby a great environment-friendly option. Best used for sports purposes for basketball and tennis courts where they bind strongly. Also used for parking lots in shopping malls and due to its wide variety of colors is considered an excellent aesthetic.
When under a tight budget but considering a sealer with a great warranty option then your choice is the acrylic sealer. Asphalt companies will adequately reapply it after seven good years, thus saving maintenance costs.
Coal Tar Sealers
Asphalt companies and clients have continually approved this option for its durability and aesthetic finish. Built-in with coal tar and other active polymers that strengthen it and make it resistant to harsh weathers. Another advantage is that it doesn't stain from oil and petroleum spillages. There’s a downside though, the amount of tar in its composition makes it carcinogenic and the content of coal unfriendly to the environment.
Asphalt Emulsion Sealers
As a sealant, its best properties are maintained great air quality and being environmentally friendly without harming the occupants of the residence. Unlike the coal tar sealers, oil spillages may leave lasting stains on the pavement.
Fast Dry Sealers
For commercial and municipal purposes, paving contractors employ the fast dry sealers due to the high traffic on these pavements. A delay in the drying of asphalt might compromise businesses and delays in strict schedules. Areas such as major highways, public parks, malls, municipal halls, residential areas, and hospitals need a sealer that dries within a reasonable time. The sealant is manufactured with geotextile fibers that strengthen the pavement and dry within the hour. The drawback is their costly price and may be a huge budget on just one person. Use it sparingly, only on the vital areas that need maintenance plus using a moderately cheaper and sustainable sealer. Also, a great way to save up on this would be splitting the cost among the individuals always using those pavements.