20 Aug

Asphalt Sealcoating FAQs

  • Self coating asphaltWhat is sealcoating?

Sealcoating is the process of covering an asphalt surface with a protective sealant to prevent oxidation of the asphalt’s binding agent due to exposure to the elements. The sealant is typically made of bituminous based products or acrylics.

  • What are the benefits of sealcoating?

    • Protection from the elements
    • Slip-resistant
    • Improved surface appearance
    • Extends asphalt life
    • Saves your money

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10 Aug

Benefits of Asphalt Paving

AsphaltAsphalt remains the gold standard for paving in the United States, and for good reason. Asphalt provides benefits that you just can’t get with other paving materials, including:

  • Durability

The durability of asphalt as a paving material is almost unmatched. Asphalt is laid down in layers, adding to its overall strength. If the top layer is damaged, it can simply be recycled and relaid, leaving the bottom layers intact. Overlays can also be used on top of the surface of the asphalt to improve its durability. Read More

10 Jul

Can Summer Heat Affect My Parking Lot?

The summer sun beats down on everything, including parking lots. The asphalt is just no match for the sun’s brutal rays, and without proper care, the summer heat will eventually destroy it. Just some of the problems you may experience during hotter months include: Cracks One of the most common asphalt problems due to heat are cracks, which eventually turn into potholes. Cracking is more prominent on older surfaces, but even new asphalt can fall victim to cracking with prolonged heat exposure. Sealcoating on schedule is the best way to prevent cracks from forming. Once the crack starts and water begins to seep in, you’ve got an inevitable pothole on the way. Water infiltration Water seeps into the cracks in asphalt and erodes the subsurfaces. This causes air gaps between the top layer and the ground. When pressure is applied to these areas, the asphalt caves and a pothole is created. If a crack in the asphalt stays wet all the time, mold and mildew can also form. Tracking Even though asphalt is made to withstand very high temperatures, extremely hot days can cause what is known as tracking. Have you ever looked at the bottom of your shoe after walking across hot asphalt and noticed small black specks? That’s tracking. Tracking occurs when the asphalt gets so hot that it softens and small flakes come off. This can also happen if curing new asphalt is delayed by hot and humid conditions. Faded lines Painting parking lines on your lot can be quite expensive and very time-consuming. Not to mention there’s no room for error; one wrong measurement and you may have to repaint the entire section! Extended exposure to sunlight can fade the paint lines, especially as it continues to get hotter. Burns It’s no secret that asphalt gets hot in the summertime, but is it possible to burn someone? With rising temperatures and heat waves like those we’ve recently experienced here in Seattle, the possibility of being burned by asphalt is greater than ever. When temperatures outside exceed 95°F, burn centers see an influx of hot surface burn cases. On the hottest days, asphalt can reach a scorching 180°F! This is why it’s so important to use asphalt with a high solar reflectance index (SRI). Using high-quality asphalt and sticking to a maintenance schedule can prevent these summer heat issues with your parking lot. Keep your customers happy and safe with a freshly poured asphalt lot from Jireh Construction Services. Ask us about our asphalt maintenance services such as seal coating and line painting. We’ll help you keep your parking lot in great shape for years to come!The summer sun beats down on everything, including parking lots. The asphalt is just no match for the sun’s brutal rays, and without proper care, the summer heat will eventually destroy it. Just some of the problems you may experience during hotter months include:

  • Cracks

One of the most common asphalt problems due to heat are cracks, which eventually turn into potholes. Cracking is more prominent on older surfaces, but even new asphalt can fall victim to cracking with prolonged heat exposure. Sealcoating on schedule is the best way to prevent cracks from forming. Once the crack starts and water begins to seep in, you’ve got an inevitable pothole on the way. Read More

20 Jun

Why SealCoating Asphalt is Essential

SealCoating AsphaltThe rationale for seal coating your asphalt driveway, roadway, or parking lot is simple…it saves you money! Proper asphalt maintenance requires it to be resealed at least every 4-5 years and more often if needed. This ensures you will continue enjoying your asphalt’s many benefits for as long as possible. A few of the reasons for seal coating your asphalt surface on the recommended schedule is:

  • Seal coating saves you money.

Asphalt is revered for its lower cost and long lifespan, but that lifespan can be shortened significantly without proper care. Seal coating provides moisture and UV protection along with filling in any small surface cracks that develop. In comparison with replacing broken or cracked chunks of asphalt, seal coating is a much less expensive option. Seal coating on the recommended schedule will make sure your asphalt surface stays in great shape as long as possible. Read More

10 Feb

The Best Time of Year to Sealcoat My Asphalt

Nothing improves a driveway or parking lot’s appearance more than a fresh, dark coat of asphalt. Just like a bright green lawn generates stronger curb appeal for a home, a well-maintained asphalt surface helps the home or building look more attractive and appealing. 

However, just like that green lawn, an asphalt surface cannot remain in perfect condition without a maintenance schedule. Sealcoating is one of the most essential maintenance components that should be provided to asphalt surfaces every few years. 

The Basics of Sealcoating

Since asphalt bears the brunt of everything, from torrential rain and oil spills to heavy traffic and intense sun exposure, it’s inevitable that it will deteriorate and fade with time. Sealcoating is the process of helping asphalt look brand new again by covering worn asphalt with a new asphalt emulsion spray.  Read More

10 Jan

When Should I Repair My Asphalt?

Black asphalt is used on flat surfaces everywhere, from driveways to parking lots and roads. This paving material offers many important benefits like durability, aesthetic appeal, and ease of maintenance. 

However, that doesn’t mean that asphalt lasts forever in perfect condition. As the seasons change, it’s important for you to carefully evaluate your asphalt and identify which maintenance steps you need to take to help your driveway look like new. 

You Find Long, Straight Cracks

If your driveway contains one or two long, significant cracks running from one side to the other, your driveway is most likely trying to say, “Help me immediately!”  Read More

20 Sep

Should You Resurface Your Asphalt Driveway or Replace It Entirely?

When it comes to most things, it is cheaper to repair something than to replace it. But when it comes to your asphalt driveway, that might not be the case. In fact, cutting corners when fixing your driveway can cause problems with your vehicle and cause a trip hazard for your family or guests. At the same time, you don’t want to spend more money than you need to. Here’s how to tell if you should resurface your driveway or have it replaced.

How pitted is your driveway?

If you never sealed your driveway and have had it for a few years, you’re probably noticing some pitting or small potholes in the surface. If you have a lot of pits in your driveway, you might need to have it replaced instead of repaired. If those pits become potholes or cover the majority of your driveway, you probably should replace it.

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10 Sep

Asphalt Vs. Concrete: How Paving and Coatings Differ

It is easy to see that there are big differences between concrete and asphalt, but that doesn’t make it any less confusing to treat your driveway the way you should. Asphalt or concrete, you should consider sealings or coatings for your driveway to protect it and reduce maintenance and repair costs in the future. Here are the differences in the sealers and coatings, what they do, and which should be applied.

Asphalt sealants

Asphalt sealants are meant to do more than make your driveway look good. These sealants are used to protect the asphalt and make it last longer. If you want your asphalt driveway to last, you’ll need to get a sealant applied after the first year of installation and periodically after that. These sealants don’t last forever, but they are very important if you don’t want to have to replace or repair your asphalt driveway.

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15 Jul

Asphalt or Concrete? What’s Best for Your Commercial Property?

If you need a new parking lot for your commercial property, you have a lot of things to consider. You may need to expand the size of your parking lot, or you may need to add some additional parking lot features. One of the things you’ll need to decide is whether to have a concrete or asphalt parking lot installed. Here are the pros and cons of both.

Asphalt

Asphalt is the most popular choice for commercial parking. This is because asphalt is very durable and is designed to hold up against heavy traffic. That’s why this is the preferred option for most roadways as well.

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15 Jun

Asphalt or Concrete? Choosing the Right Material for Your Driveway

Are you installing a new driveway after renovations or replacing your old, worn, and stained driveway? You have a lot of options these days to personalize your driveway to your own tastes, style, and needs. Here are some things to consider when choosing between asphalt or concrete for your driveway.

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Compare installation costs.

Asphalt is typically much less expensive to install. You can often get an asphalt driveway for less than $5 per square foot. On the other hand, concrete driveways can run up to over $15 per square foot, depending on the options and finish you choose.

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