Sealcoating Services in Arizona
Asphalt is a hard and durable surface that withstands a lot of abuse each day. It can be easy to take your asphalt for granted.
Yet your asphalt is not impervious to damage. You need to stay vigilant in checking the condition of your asphalt and getting repairs and maintenance at the earliest sign of a problem.
The most common signs of wear that you will see are fine cracks in the pavement. Over time, asphalt loses its binder due to everyday wear and tear and exposure to the elements, such as heat and rain. In particular, the hot Arizona sun can cause oxidation on the pavement, which dries out the pavement and advances the aging process. The combination of oxidation and everyday wear and tear can wreak havoc on asphalt over time.
The surface of the asphalt is where the highest percentage of binder is found by weight of the overall mix. As the surface layer is worn down with time, the asphalt becomes less flexible and more brittle, making it more vulnerable to cracking.
You’ve probably seen these fine, surface cracks on roads and parking lots yourself. Sure, they don’t look pretty, but you may not think that they cause much of a problem. After all, the cracks aren’t even big enough to cause someone to trip and fall.
However, even tiny cracks can allow water to penetrate the asphalt, and that’s what can cause real damage. The more water that penetrates the asphalt, the higher the risk of failure to the subgrade, which will lead to the almost certain death of your asphalt pavement.
Sealcoating is the best way to seal the surface of the asphalt and keep water out. Sealcoating involves the application of a material that is a mix of oils and small sands and other particles to fill surface voids and create a barrier for surface protection. Not only does sealcoating improve the expected life of your asphalt, but it also gives it a fresh look that will make the right impression on your clients.
At Roadrunner Paving and Asphalt Maintenance, we recommend sealing your asphalt pavement every couple of years for maximum protection. In doing so, you will ensure that your asphalt pavement has a better chance of meeting its projected life expectancy, which will save you a lot of money in the long run.
The Sealcoating Process
The process for sealcoating largely depends on the porosity of your asphalt surface and the extent of the damage that has already taken place. The technicians from Roadrunner Paving will examine your pavement to determine the right materials and process to use to get the best results and will then give you a free quote for the job.
At Roadrunner Paving, we use only the highest-quality materials. For most jobs, we use Sealmaster MTR or MTR Plus, as they produce the best results. We also adhere strictly to the manufacturer’s recommendation for dilution to ensure the best protection is provided. Some contractors will quote you a cheaper price for the sealcoating job, but it is because they are diluting the coating materials. The result will be little more than black paint on your asphalt, making it look pretty and new but offering no protection. We’ve seen many of these inferior jobs performed, and the results wear off in as little as a year’s time.
If your asphalt is still relatively smooth, sealcoating can take place quickly with a heavy spray application. However, if your asphalt has more wear, the process may involve hand application of materials followed by a spray coat.
Call Roadrunner Paving today to get a free quote for your sealcoating job and learn more about what your pavement needs to get a fresh lease on life. You’ll add years to your pavement by taking care of this important maintenance job.