When to Sealcoat vs. When to Repave Your Asphalt PavementApril 26, 2023
Top Sealcoating Q & AJune 25, 2023
As a sealcoat contractor, you know how important it is to give your clients a pavement that looks great and lasts for years. Achieving that goal mostly depends on the prep work you do before applying sealcoat. Let’s discuss the six best practices for prepping a surface to ensure optimal performance from your sealcoat. By following these tips, you’ll give your clients the best possible outcome and demonstrate that you’re a professional who takes pride in your work.
1. Clean the surface thoroughly
The first step in prepping a surface for sealcoating is cleaning it thoroughly. Use a power washer or a broom and a high-quality surface cleaner to remove all dirt, debris and other materials that might interfere with the bonding of the sealcoat. When a surface is clean, the sealcoat will adhere better and last longer, which is the ultimate goal.
2. Prime oil spots
Oil spots are a common problem, especially in commercial parking lots. They can be challenging to remove completely, but you don’t have to remove them all. Instead, prime them with an oil spot primer before applying the sealcoat. This will help the sealcoat adhere better, and the oil spots won’t bleed through and mar the finished result.
3. Repair surface defects
Cracks, gaps and potholes are not only unsightly, but they can also cause damage to vehicles and people. Repairing surface defects is vital for both safety and aesthetics. Use a hot rubberized crack filler, patching compound or other appropriate materials to fix any areas that need repair. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and that the repairs are fully cured before applying the sealcoat.
4. Ensure there is no base failure due to alligator cracking
Alligator cracking is a sign of underlying pavement failure. Before sealcoating, you must address any significant base failures or other structural problems. These problems must be repaired appropriately before sealcoating and can improve both the performance of the sealcoat and the pavement longevity. This requires inspection and careful assessment by an experienced contractor.
5. Apply sealcoat when temperatures are optimal
Finally, make sure you apply the sealcoat when temperatures are optimal. Most sealcoat manufacturers recommend that the temperature of the pavement be at least 50℉ to 55℉ and above. Avoid applying sealcoat when the pavement is too hot or too cold. The optimal time to apply sealcoat depends on the season and weather conditions. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions before applying sealcoat.
6. Choose quality sealcoat Pitch Black
Pitch Black is a top quality asphalt emulsion sealcoat that is ideal for all types of asphalt applications. It strongly adheres to the asphalt pavement, is highly durable, gives the longest lasting black color and is eco-friendly with 0.00% PAHs so it is safe for your crew and your customers. Choose Pitch Black sealcoat for the optimal sealcoat experience for your customers.
By following these best practices, you’ll give your clients the best possible outcome and demonstrate that you’re a professional who takes pride in your work. Great performance from sealcoat jobs requires thorough preparation and attention to detail. Always consider seeking continued training and education in your field. A job well done will not only satisfy the customer but also your business.