Driveway or parking lot asphalt can become damaged due to snowstorms, heavy rains, and the daily wear and tear of traffic. You can protect your driveway and your investment by adding a sealcoat to your asphalt. But you might ask, “What can seal coating do to help?” To answer that question, it is essential first to understand how asphalt works.
Asphalt is used for road construction and paving because it is waterproof, flexible, and has adhesive properties that bind and hold aggregates into the pavement. It has come to replace old methods of building roads, which involved spreading graded stone aggregate. This system often required extensive repairs and only worked when material stayed completely dry and in place.
The aggregates are more robust with improved load-bearing abilities when prevented from absorbing water. Modern asphalt is a mix of asphalt, cement, and stone aggregate. The pavement surface you can see is essentially the roof of the road and covers a bed of stone that carries the traffic load. Therefore, it must be elastic to contract and expand but remain intact.
Asphalt has some downsides in chemical makeup that make it easier for water, salt, and other chemicals to degrade its molecular structure despite its superior waterproofing and adhesive capabilities. Asphalt pavement loses its binding and waterproofing properties when asphalt molecules break down.
You might notice this phenomenon in action when you see that roadways have turned from black to gray. Also, because asphalt is the result of distilling petroleum, it is easily dissolved by other petroleum products, like fat, grease, and oils. This means that when gas or oil leak onto the asphalt, they can dissolve the similar chemicals found within. For roadways with continuous traffic, this isn't as much of an issue because the weight of the traffic essentially forces the oxidized surface back into the pavement.
However, surfaces such as driveways and parking lots with less traffic have a bigger problem with asphalt degradation.
Sealcoating in Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX, is designed to keep asphalt looking great and functioning properly when used as a preventative measure. The process of sealcoating works like this:
If you think it's time to give your driveway or parking lot a new look, contact a sealcoating professional to help keep your parking lot or driveway looking its best.
M. Carroll Blacktop Services has over 45 years of experience with paving and sealcoating in Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX. Contact us today for more information and a free estimate for your paving needs.