Over the last several weeks, we have outlined the benefits of sealcoating. However, we realize that you may still have more questions. So we have decided to answer a few of the most Frequently Asked Sealcoating Questions.
- Why is Thick Sealcoating Bad? Sealcoating applied in a thick coat does not dry or cure correctly. Thick sealcoating has a tendency to hold water and stay soft for a longer period of time, possibly causing tracking.
- Why Apply Multiple Coats? If one coat looks good, why should I have a second coat applied? Well, for starters, appearance is only one of the benefits of sealcoating. In order for the sealcoating to adequately protect your asphalt pavement, the coating must be thick enough to do so. This is why sealcoating is often performed in 2 thin coatings. You will have to sealcoat more frequently if only one coat is applied.
- Why does Sealcoating Fail? For starters, nothing lasts forever. However, sealcoating will prematurely fail and peel if the pavement surface is not thoroughly cleaned before application. Sealcoating will not bond properly to oil spots, dirt, or grease.
- What is that White Streak in the Sealcoating? More often than not, white streaking is a result of a problem with the base. The limestone from the base may be coming up with water though pre-existing cracks in the pavement.
- Why does Sealcoating Dry Gray? When sealcoating dries under less than ideal conditions, it tends to dry gray. However, this issue should correct itself in a few days.
- Why does Sealcoating Wear Down Quicker in Traffic Lanes, Entrances and Exits? This problem could be twofold. For starters, these areas tend to see more traffic and thus experience more natural wear. Secondly, these surfaces tend to be smoother because of that excessive traffic. This does not allow sealcoating to bond properly.
- How Long Should You Wait to Sealcoat New Asphalt? Typically, you can sealcoat a freshly laid asphalt surface 4-6 weeks after paving. Your sealcoating contractor will be able to test the pavement to ensure it is ready for sealcoating.
- How Long Should You Wait to Paint New Sealcoating? You should wait at least 24 hours before applying any paint to your sealcoating.
Reliable Contracting: Your Baltimore Asphalt Contractor
Reliable Contracting Company is a full-service commercial and residential asphalt paving contractor, offering the production and installation of hot and cold-mix asphalt, asphalt patching, milling, and, of course, sealcoating.
If you have any questions about Sealcoating or if you have a construction project that you need completed right the first time, please contact Reliable Contracting by calling 410-987-0313 or visit our website. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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