The best way to prolong the life of your asphalt, especially in high-traffic areas where wear and tear has exposed the aggregate stone, is to apply asphalt sealer on a regular basis. Asphalt sealcoating every two to three years will help prevent surface deterioration. The sooner asphalt is sealed after its initial installation the better. New asphalt should be sealed six months to a year from the date of installation. This gives the asphalt time to cure but seals in the oils and tars that give asphalt the flexibility to withstand traffic and the elements.
Proper preparation is key. Asphalt sealer is not a substitute for major asphalt repairs, and asphalt sealer will not adhere to dirty or oily surfaces. The asphalt needs to be properly repaired and cleaned prior to application. We clean the asphalt by using forced air and sweep it with wire brooms. This will loosen dirt and debris lodged in the pores of the asphalt that might cause the asphalt sealer to fail. Pressure washing may also be necessary in areas with a heavy-build up of dirt or oil spots.
There are many types and grades of asphalt sealers on the market today, but the most reliable ones are those made with coal-tar emulsions. Buckeye Asphalt Maintenance & Sealcoating, LLC will use Sealmaster LV because it is impervious to gasoline and oil and does not break down when exposed to ultra-violet radiation. As with any other coating, asphalt sealers are easily modified after purchase. Therefore it is important to mix the asphalt sealer with the proper ratio of sand and water. Unfortunately, some contractors water down sealers prior to application, causing poor adhesion and/or premature wear. Buckeye Asphalt Maintenance & Sealcoating, LLC will guarantee that all sealers will be mixed and installed in accordance with the specific Sealmaster recommendations.