When to Sealcoat vs. When to Repave Your Asphalt Pavement

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Asphalt pavement is an essential investment for homes and businesses alike, but like everything else, it has a lifespan. Eventually, even the best-laid asphalt pavement will start to show signs of wear and tear. When that happens, the question arises: should you sealcoat or repave? The answer to this question depends on the extent of the damage. Let’s explore the types of damage to look for and when to sealcoat vs. when to repave your asphalt pavement.

What types of damage to look for?

Routine inspection of your pavement is essential to identify any signs of wear and tear. Catching these signs early can prevent significant issues down the line. Keep an eye out for cracks, potholes, raveling and deformations. These issues can be caused by factors like inclement weather, heavy traffic and lack of maintenance. If you notice any of these issues, it is time to take action.

When is sealcoating appropriate?

Sealcoating helps with preventing oxidization, filling small cracks or gaps and protecting the surface from water intrusion. Adding a coat of sealant to your pavement can preserve it and delay the need for repaving. When shelling out for a repavement seems daunting, sealcoating should be considered as a cost-effective option for maintaining the condition of your pavement.

When is repaving necessary?

Big cracks, potholes and uneven surfaces that cannot be effectively repaired with sealcoat treatment signal the need for a repave. When little areas of damage are left unchecked, they will grow and merge, presenting a much bigger and costly problem. Safety is of utmost importance when deciding whether it’s time to repave. Old pavement is more susceptible to damage from weather, which can become a hazard to drivers and pedestrians.

Pitch Black Asphalt Emulsion Sealcoat

When opting for sealcoat treatment, it’s important to choose sealant wisely. To ensure a long-lasting, cost-effective treatment, we recommend Pitch Black Asphalt Emulsion, offered by EcoShield and its network of distributors in the Carolinas. Pitch Black is a high-quality sealant with an impressive record for durability, providing superior resistance to water and UV light exposure. As an option for sealcoating, Pitch Black is also eco-friendly with 0.00% PAHs and easier to apply.

Your asphalt pavement’s condition will determine whether you should sealcoat or repave. Small damages and the first signs of wear and tear can be easily and relatively cheaply corrected with sealcoat treatment. However, if the damage has become extensive, it’s time to start thinking about repaving. Pitch Black Asphalt Emulsion provided by EcoShield and its distributors is the smart choice when considering sealcoat treatments. Overall maintenance of your asphalt pavement is crucial for preventing the need for costly renovations or repairs while ensuring a safe and pleasant environment.