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Asphalt projects have different requirements, and each project needs a specific type of sealing treatment. Two common sealing treatments used in the asphalt industry are Slurry Sealer and Sealcoat. Both treatments have unique characteristics that make them suitable for different types of projects. Here, we will explore the differences between Slurry Sealer vs Sealcoat, their unique benefits and which one is best suited for your next project.
Slurry Sealer is a high-performance resurfacing treatment used to repair and extend the life of asphalt pavement. It is a mixture of emulsified asphalt, well-graded fine aggregate, mineral filler and water. The slurry sealer has a rough texture that provides excellent traction and skid resistance, making it ideal for heavy traffic areas such as roadways and airport tarmacs. Here are five key benefits of using slurry sealer:
1. Rough Texture:
Slurry sealer has a rough texture that provides excellent traction and skid resistance, reducing the risk of accidents.
2. Best for High Traffic Roadways:
Slurry sealer is ideal for high-traffic areas such as roadways and airport tarmacs because of its durable and long-lasting nature.
3. Lasts 8-10 Years:
Slurry sealer has a longer life span of 8-10 years, making it a cost-effective long-term solution.
4. High Performance Resurfacing Treatment:
Slurry sealer is a high-performance resurfacing treatment that can repair and extend the life of asphalt pavement.
5. Costs More But Lasts Longer:
While slurry sealer is more expensive than sealcoat, it lasts longer, making it a more cost-effective solution in the long run.
Sealcoat, also known as pavement sealer, is a protective coating applied to asphalt pavement that provides protection against water and UV damage. Sealcoat is a mixture of asphalt emulsion, water, mineral fillers and additives. It creates a smooth texture that evens out rough areas, making it ideal for lower traffic roadways, driveways and parking lots. Here are five key benefits of using sealcoat:
1. Smooth Texture:
Sealcoat creates a smooth texture that evens out rough areas, improving the overall appearance of the pavement.
2. Ideal for Lower Traffic Roadways:
Sealcoat is best for lower traffic areas such as driveways, parking lots and streets with lighter traffic.
3. Lasts 2-3 Years:
Sealcoat has a shorter life span of 2-3 years, making it a less expensive option.
4. Provides Protection Against Water and UV Damage:
Sealcoat is a protective coating that shields the pavement from water and UV damage.
5. Costs Less But Needs Reapplication:
While sealcoat costs less than slurry sealer, it needs to be reapplied more often.
The choice between Slurry Sealer and Sealcoat depends on the type of project. Slurry sealer is ideal for high-traffic areas that require a durable, long-lasting surface, while sealcoat is suitable for lower traffic areas that need protection against water and UV damage. EcoShield Asphalt Products provides Pitch Black Asphalt Emulsion, which comes in both slurry sealer and sealcoat applications, making it easier for contractors to select the right product for their projects. Pitch Black is a safe, non-toxic product that protects your customers and the environment, allowing you to work confidently, knowing you are providing the best product to your customers.