Driveway Sealing Preparation

How To Prepare Your Asphalt Driveway Or Parking For Sealcoating

Would you ever go outside without protection during a heat wave, blizzard, or tropical storm? You possibly wouldn’t go out at all, and if you did you will most likely be precautious. Your asphalt driveway or parking lot must not withstand extreme weather conditions without protection. A great asphalt driveway protection solution is sealcoating, as it reduces your surface deterioration and increases life-time.

Learn about the benefits of asphalt driveway sealing. Make protecting your asphalt investment a priority. Save the time, energy, and money used in repairs.

Why Is Sealcoating Your Driveway Important?

Most people sealcoat asphalt driveways or parking lots to prevent damaging effects caused by natural elements and car pollutants. When vulnerable to the sun, water and natural elements, your asphalt surface oxidizes and hardens. Resulting in an asphalt driveway or parking lot that is brittle and potential to crackling or potholes. Professional asphalt sealcoating helps protect asphalt driveways or parking areas; decreasing the chances of water penetration and other harmful elements such as car pollutants.

Asphalt sealing also provides aesthetic benefits to your asphalt driveway or parking lot. The asphalt surface will have a fresh look and even feel. Sealcoating saves you lots of money and energy, otherwise spent in repairs, and ensures healthy asphalt surfaces for years.

Prepare Your Asphalt Surface For Sealing

The following list includes general action items asphalt care professionals follow before asphalt driveway or parking lot sealcoating:

Asphalt Driveway Care
Clean Surface Before Asphalt Sealcoating
  1. Assess driveway or parking lot. Any professional contractor will ask to assess your asphalt surface as the first step towards sealcoating. If your asphalt surface was installed within the past 18-24 months, you do not need sealcoating. During the assessment you are searching for cracks, potholes, oil stains and other signs of deterioration that need instant repairing.
  2. Clear the area. The next step is to clean the asphalt area thoroughly of debris, so that the priming and sealcoating is effective. This is important as it will prevent any missed cracks or potholes that need covering.
  3. Locate cracks and potholes in need of repair. Any area that needs repairing must be identified in your asphalt driveway or parking lot. This process is thorough. Professional asphalt contractors have an eye for locating these quick, as well as differentiating cracks, divots, and depressions. 
  4. Evaluate weather conditions. Sealcoat application must be done at an asphalt pavement temperature of at least 50 degrees. The air temperature must be above 50 degrees. For best results have your contractor follow these metrics, as other variables decrease the integrity of asphalt driveway sealcoating application.
  5. Remove oil spots and prime asphalt surface.  Understand that oil stains on asphalt also decrease the effectiveness of your asphalt sealcoating service. All stains must be removed prior to applying a primer layer on the asphalt surface.

Asphalt Sealing

Generally, asphalt sealcoating requires multiple applications. For extended durability of your asphalt surface, have your asphalt driveway or parking lot assessed and treated every 20-36 months. Remember sealcoating is providing your investment with protection and an improved aesthetic look.

Limitless Golden Construction offers high-quality asphalt paving services in Putnam and Westchester County, NY. Our seasoned experts guide you and answer any of your questions regarding your pavement needs.

Request your complimentary quote now and proactively book your spring service with us! Call Limitless Golden Construction today at 914.810.3125.

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Asphalt Driveway Winter Care

3 Things To Know Before You Use Salt On Your Asphalt Driveway

It’s important to be proactive heading into the cold and long months of winter season. Salt is the most commonly used solution on asphalt pavement post snowfall and blizzards. You should know the following before applying it on your asphalt driveway. Know the great benefits of deicing, as well as the impact on our environment.

1. Salt Doesn’t Damage Asphalt or Creates Potholes

Professionally installed asphalt or parking lot owners should not worry about pavement damage by salt usage. This is because hot-mix asphalt surfaces are composed of petroleum, stones and sand. Generally speaking a professional asphalt pavement installation is designed to sustain the harsh freeze and thaw cycles of the winter season. Therefore, salt and other deicing solutions do not affect your driveway or parking lot.

Understand that potholes are not the direct result of salt application on your driveway. You should beware of crackling on your asphalt surface and be proactive by sealing before it’s too late. Potholes develop when water penetrates exposed cracks in your asphalt driveway; followed by the freeze-thaw cycles which expand and contract water developing bigger cracks that transform into potholes. In addition the constant weight bearing of the asphalt surface from cars and trucks directly affects the weaker paved areas. Follow with professional snow removal and plowing to avoid salt usage from aggravating driveway pavement or parking lot during the freeze-thaw cycles.

2. Salt Does Damage Concrete

The majority of potholes and road cracks occur on concrete paved surfaces. This is because salt does cause direct damage to concrete, due to its acidic nature. Also, the freezing process of concrete is faster than most other surfaces, which also requires more salting solution to deice. Understand these facts as significant insights when applying salt on your driveway or parking lot. Understanding the differences between asphalt driveway surfaces and concrete pavement is a proactive act towards the care of your investment.

asphalt damage vs. concrete damage
The freezing process of concrete is faster than most other surfaces, which also requires more salting solution to deice.

3. Salt Hurts Our Environment

Although salt makes our life more convenient and safe, preventing fatalities and accidents during the cold months of winter, we should know its environmental impact. The environmental truth of is that runoff water containing salt greatly affects plants, wildlife, and your local waterways. Prevent this by shoveling or plowing snow and then using a deicer mix with as few environmental effects as possible. After this, you should access the area for any pooling water. This may signal a potential pothole in the spring season. To protect your driveway or parking lot, book a reputable professional to fix your asphalt pavement problems before its late.

Limitless Golden Construction offers high-quality asphalt paving services in Putnam and Westchester County, NY. Our seasoned experts guide you and answer any of your questions regarding your pavement needs.

Request your complimentary quote now and proactively book your spring service with us! Call Limitless Golden Construction today at 914.810.3125.

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