How to Identify and Choose Sealcoating
Importance of SealcoatingAny professional asphalt contractor can tell you the reasons to sealcoat and why you should do it often. Just like sunscreen for your skin, sealcoat is applied to the top layer of your pavement to protect it from the sun and other elements. Sealcoat is also integral to preserving your asphalt from the effects of water seeping through to the subbase. You will surely see cracking, potholes, and deterioration without the proper sealcoat. The other great thing about sealcoating is that you can determine your specific needs and choose an additive that helps add extra protection for those exact reasons.
Choosing the Best AdditiveThere are lots of options on the market for sealcoat additives. The list below gives you a brief overview. At your Cassidy Paving consultation, an expert can discuss these with you and determine what works best for your needs.
- Latex - These additives are formed with a mix of polymers, rubber, and water. This type of additive is especially helpful for speeding up the drying process. It also helps keep the pavement one vibrant color. If you’re interested in increasing curb appeal in the quickest way, this is a good option for you. This increases its performance as well, and keeps water and other chemicals from seeping in. Latex additives include many varieties from polyvinyl to natural rubber. Each has its own pros and cons. The application of latex additives are done on a case by case basis and are not the same for every customer. Your precise asphalt mix will be taken into consideration, as well as the location of your project, the amount of time needed for curing, and water drainage plans.
- Sand/Aggregates - This additive is a natural option to increase the texture of your pavement. Sand and other aggregates can provide amazing skid-resistance to your pavement without altering the natural appearance of the asphalt. This option also gives a streak-free look. If you have issues in the past with traction and/or larger vehicles, this would be a good option for you.