How Sealcoating Can Extend Your Pavement’s Lifespan

Sealcoating is a maintenance technique that provides a layer of protection for asphalt-based pavements from water, soil, and the sun. The average lifespan of asphalt is 20 – 25 years, however; it is recommended to apply a sealer every 2 – 3 years to keep the pavement durable and looking new and shiny. An asphalt pavement’s lifespan is also dependent on factors such as extreme weather conditions, heavy traffic, and low or no maintenance.

Standard Striping in Annapolis MD offers premium sealcoating services to help maintain and protect your commercial and residential asphalt and extend its service life. 

In this blog post, we will look at some great benefits you can derive from sealcoating your pavement and also extend its lifespan.

Protection from Water Seepage

Asphalt must be protected from water seepage at all costs. If water penetrates the pavement via holes or cracks, it will expand and contract due to changes in temperature. This expansion and contraction will lead to further damage to the asphalt including cracks and potholes. Sealcoating forms a layer over the asphalt which prevents water from getting to the base of the pavement and causing any damage. This means the longer you protect the pavement from water, the longer your pavement will last.

Protection from Chemicals and Oil Spills

Motor oil and chemicals which sometimes leak from parked vehicles can penetrate into asphalt and cause significant damage. They weaken the top layer of the asphalt and also leave ugly stains which ruin the look of your pavement and property. Sealcoating again protects your asphalt from the damaging effects of oil and chemicals.

Slow Down Oxidation

Exposure to the sun’s ultra-violet rays leads to oxidation that weakens the pavement structure and speeds up the aging process of the asphalt pavement. It also causes discoloration of the asphalt, replacing its shiny black appearance with a dull gray. Sealcoating protects the asphalt from the harmful effects of UV rays and maintains its beautiful black shine.

It is critical to ensure that only high-quality materials are used to lay the foundation of your asphalt pavement, along with timely inspections, cleanliness, and maintenance to ensure the longevity of the surface. Furthermore, sealcoating is a very good investment; it is a preventive measure that will protect your pavement from various threats, keep it looking gorgeous and extend its life. All these activities along with seal coating will extend the life cycle and will also keep the aesthetics intact. 

Looking for a sealcoating contractor in Annapolis MD? Standard Striping is the answer! We have a team of experts with the training and experience to seal coat your asphalt pavement and keep it looking shiny, black, and new for many years to come! Contact us to get a free estimate.

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