Sealcoat Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful answers to common questions about sealcoating.
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What is sealcoating?
Sealcoating or pavement sealer is a thin liquid layer added over an asphalt pavement to protect it from the elements, such as water, harmful chemicals, and U.V. rays. Asphalt sealcoating will not cure issues on your driveway, parking lot, or other asphalt surfaces. However, it will help prevent such damages from occurring in the first place.
When applied by the experts at Buck Brothers Asphalt Paving & Concrete, sealcoating will help improve curb appeal, reduce maintenance costs, and extend the life of your asphalt driveway, and other pavement surfaces.
What is seal coating made of?
Coal tar sealer is a type of sealant used to protect and enhance the appearance of asphalt pavement, typically on driveways, parking lots, and other commercial or industrial surfaces.
It is made from coal tar, which is a byproduct of the process used to manufacture coke, a fuel used in steel production.
The coal tar is mixed with various additives and applied to the surface of the pavement to create a protective barrier that helps to prevent damage from water, sunlight, and chemicals.
Coal tar sealer is known for its durability, resistance to weathering, and ability to create a deep, rich black color on the pavement, enhancing its appearance and overall value.
When is the best time to apply asphalt sealer?
We recommend 1 year after the new asphalt and then every 2-3 years after that.
What is the ideal temperature to apply a seal coat?
Seal coating application works best under cool temperatures. However, temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit are too low for seal coat application. At freezing temperatures, the water in the sealcoating could freeze, making the finished product separate and peel. The best temperatures for applying a sealcoating are between 55 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
How long should I wait after seal coating an asphalt pavement?
Depending on the weather, an asphalt surface takes 24 to 48 hours to cure after applying a sealcoating.
Keep vehicles off your new or existing driveway until the final coat cures correctly.
How do I apply sealer on asphalt pavements?
Using a squeegee, brush, or specialized spray equipment, you can apply sealer on pavement surfaces.
We recomend 1 broom coat for residential and 2 spray coats for commercial.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions is critical to ensure the best results.
Are there benefits of using additives in sealer?
Additives help accelerate the drying time for extra coats of sealer. They also help minimize tire marks.