There are many improvements you can make to your asphalt driveway to extend its life. Seal coating is an improvement that not only extends the lifespan of your driveway, but can also improve its appearance. If you are considering seal coating, here is what you need to know.
What Is Seal Coating?
Seal coating involves applying a layer of a coal tar liquid over the asphalt surface. The coating is designed to help protect the surface from elements, such as heavy rain, oil, and antifreeze. The coating also functions as a finish for the asphalt that helps to improve its appearance. Once applied, your driveway will have a more uniform color.
Can a New Driveway Be Coated?
New asphalt driveways require time to cure. The asphalt has an excessive amount of oil that diminishes over time. If coating is applied before enough time has passed, the oils could mix with the tar liquid and render the coating ineffective. To avoid this, your contractor could recommend that you wait months, or even longer, to have the coating applied.
Does the Coating Last a Lifetime?
Even though the coating is effective in extending the life of an asphalt driveway, it won't last forever and will need to be reapplied regularly. Depending on the wear and tear on your driveway and how well the coating has held up, the contractor could recommend reapplying the coating annually or every few years.
What Should You Expect After the Coating?
The first day after the coating is applied, it is important that the asphalt driveway is not used. The coating needs time to dry. Once it is dried, you can use the driveway as as you usually would.
The coal tar liquid is mixed with sand to aid in protecting your driveway and to provide some skid resistance. The sand can cause tire tracks to appear on the driveway in the first few weeks following the coating. Tracks may also appears as the seal starts to harden on your driveway. These tracks should disappear after some time and the driveway will return to its normal appearance after that period has passed.
If you are considering seal coating for your driveway, talk to a contractor or local specialist, such as LSC Construction Services, Inc. He or she can help assess whether or not it is possible to apply the coating now and determine if there are any other improvements you can make to extend the life of your driveway.Share
2 November 2015
When my husband and I took our "second honeymoon," we stayed at a glorious resort with an on-site spa. We booked couples' packages for massages and other treatments. When we got home, we decided our bathroom was not nearly as soothing or peaceful as it could be. Armed with inspiration from our visit to the spa, we ripped out the existing vanity, tub, toilet, and other fixtures, and replaced them with more spa-like models. A frameless shower door and a quartz-topped vanity were two of the best decisions we ever made. If you want to enjoy a day at the spa—without actually leaving your home—I hope you will use the information on this blog to make it happen for your family.