It’s no secret that proper sealcoating is key to preserving your asphalt pavement. But even if you’re well-versed in the appropriate application techniques, there are still some common sealcoating blunders that can cause severe damage. This blog post will look at some of the most common sealcoating mistakes and explain how to avoid them.
So read on for tips on keeping your asphalt looking great for years to come!
Following are the seven common mistakes you might be making when sealcoating your pavement.
1. Applying sealcoating too frequently
Sealcoating your pavement every year or two is sufficient to keep it looking fresh and new. Applying a sealcoat more often can start to degrade the asphalt surface.
2. Not using the suitable sealcoat material
Sealcoating material could range from coal tar, acrylics, or asphalt-based products. Not using a suitable sealcoat material could result in poor protection or an uneven appearance.
3. Applying sealcoating too thick
Applying a sealcoat too thick is one of the most common mistakes made by do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike. It’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for mixing the sealcoat material and applying it to your asphalt surface.
4. Not allowing the sealcoat to cure properly
Sealcoat usually needs around 24 hours to cure properly. However, fully curing the sealcoat could take up to 72 hours, depending on the temperature and humidity. Not allowing enough time for the sealcoat to set may result in a rushed-out and raggedy job.
5. Applying sealer when the surface is too hot or too cold
The ideal temperature for applying a sealcoat is between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s too hot, the sealer will dry too quickly and won’t adhere properly to the surface. If it’s too cold, the sealer will take longer to dry and more susceptible to tracking.
6. Failing to clean the surface before applying sealer
If your surface isn’t clean, the sealer won’t be able to properly bond to the asphalt. Be sure to clean the surface with a power washer or broom before applying sealer.
7. Using the wrong application equipment
A mistake people often overlook when sealcoating their asphalt is not getting their hands on the right equipment. If you don’t have a proper applicator, you won’t be able to get an even coat of sealer on your surface. Be sure to consult with a professional before sealcoating your asphalt to get the best results possible.
If you want to make sure that your pavement looks great and lasts for years, avoid these seven common sealcoating mistakes. And if you’re not sure how to do it yourself, no problem! At American Paving, serving Lansdale, PA, we have helped our clients with sealcoating and other services for more than 40 years. Get a free estimate today, and we guarantee to give you the best asphalt services.