Sealcoating Asphalt: How to Maintain Your Asphalt Surface in Austin, TX
There are many benefits to sealcoating asphalt pavement, but the primary benefit is to protect it from deterioration. Hardening and oxidaton from expsosure to Austin’s harsh weather can cause asphalt to become brittle and thus crack. A sealcoat on top of your asphalt pavement creates a waterproof barrier that prevents water from entering the base material.
Benefits of Sealcoating
- Sealcoating is very affordable and can be applied quickly
- Sealcoating extends the life of asphalt services by as much as 300%
- It resists gas and oil drippings and protects it from the damaging effects of other chemicals
- It resists weather damage and helps prevents cracks
- Sealcoating makes your asphalt surface look better
Asphalt is an incredibly strong and flexible surface. It is made from a combination of sand, tar, rock and bitumen. Rock and sand make it strong, and tar and bitumen make it flexible. Over a certain amount of time, exposure to Austin’s hot weather, vehicle fluids and vehicle weight can take a toll on asphalt, particularly the tar and bitumen. Once the asphalt loses some of its flexibility, it’s easy for cracks to form.
When your paved surface becomes cracked or potholes form, it’s important to have them repaired as soon as possible. Once water seeps in under the surface, it can cause substantial damage to the asphalt. The first and most important step in maintaining your asphalt surface is to have repairs done as soon as possible after the damage appears. Check out our Asphalt Repair page for more information.
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Sealcoating can help to protect your paved asphalt surface. The sealcoat acts as a barrier and protects the surface from damage caused by oil, gas and other vehicle fluids. Sealcoating also helps to prevent oxidation and damage caused by weather conditions. Before a sealcoat is applied, any damaged areas of the surface should be repaired. When properly applied, sealcoating can help protect your paved surface and lengthen the amount of time before repairs need to be made.
Contractor’s Asphalt Tip:
The frequency that sealcoating is needed depends on the climate and the amount of use that your paved surface is exposed to. Ask our experienced paving professionals in Austin what schedule of sealcoating is best for you and your driveway, parking lot or road surface. We’ll assess the amount of use, the weather conditions to which the surface is exposed, and develop a recommended sealcoating schedule. Sealcoating is one of the most effective ways to prevent damage and avoid cracks and potholes.