Asphalt is an incredibly durable paving material with low maintenance requirements. However, neglecting those routine maintenance tasks can lead to major expenses down the road! One of the most important maintenance tasks required for asphalt surfaces is sealcoating.
What 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. This sealant is typically made of bituminous based products or acrylics.
When should I sealcoat my driveway?
New asphalt should not be sealcoated until all of the oils present after installation are gone, which usually takes 30-60 days. After that, depending on the wear and tear of your surface, the asphalt will need to be sealcoated every 2-5 years.
What else do I need to know about sealcoating my driveway?
Prior to sealcoating, the asphalt surface must be free from loose dirt and debris. All cracks and holes must be repaired before the sealant is applied. If there are stains on the asphalt surface, a special sealer will be used to cover them before sealcoating.
Don’t apply a sealcoat unless:
- It is over 50°F outside
- The temperature will remain over 50°F for at least 24 hours
- There’s no chance of rain for the next 24 hours
Wait at least 24 hours after sealcoating before opening the area back up to traffic.
Asphalt Sealcoating Services in the Seattle Metro Area
If you have an asphalt driveway and you’ve noticed cracking or deterioration, or it’s been 2-5 years since it was last sealcoated, contact us to schedule a free estimate for your sealcoating and driveway maintenance project today! When you choose Jireh, we’ll handle everything from start to finish, including initial prep work, repairs, placing barriers, and more. Contact Us to restore your driveway back to its original luster with premium sealcoating services from Jireh Asphalt & Concrete.