We are the Kansas City Asphalt Sealcoating Experts
Pavement maintenance contractors are not the only people who understand the importance of an aesthetically pleasing parking lot. Property managers, business owners and the general public know it as well.
Asphalt Sealcoating is one of the most important elements of a pavement maintenance plan because it slows pavement deterioration. The All Pro Asphalt offers asphalt sealcoating in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Our dedicated team of sealcoating professionals put craftsmanship and customer satisfaction first.
Applied in thin coats, this surface treatment is used to protect off-highway pavement surfaces, such as parking lots, driveways, runways, service stations and heliports.
However, a sealcoat, like all pavement maintenance repairs, is a temporary means of inhibiting pavement deterioration and needs to be applied on a regular basis, about every 2-3 years.
Benefits of Sealcoating
If applied properly at the right time, sealcoating benefits the pavement In many ways:
Fresh sealcoat brings a dark black color to the pavement, making it look and wear like new. A black parking lot has a clean, rich look that presents a positive image of the company, facility, or residential complex. Striping also enhances the beauty of a newly sealcoated parking lot.
Slows oxidation and water penetration
Exposure to oxygen hardens asphalt binders and results in a brittle pavement surface that soon cracks. These cracks permit water to penetrate into the sub base, weakening it and reducing pavement strength. This in turn, leads to more cracks, which can eventually expand and become potholes. Sealcoating fills surface voids, reducing exposure to oxygen and water and prolonging pavement life.
Resists gas and oil spills
Gasoline dripping from a topped-off fuel tank during hot weather can soften and break down asphalt pavements. This is because asphalt is also a petroleum-based product. Because coal tars aren’t soluble in gas or oil, it is impervious to gas and oil spills. By filling surface voids, sealing also reduces the depth to which oil or gas can penetrate the pavement.
Reduces the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle
Another reason why asphalt sealcoating is so important to maintaining structurally sound pavements is because of Kansas city’s freeze-thaw weather cycle. This wreaks havoc on the parking lot. A cold climate enhances the danger of water being caught in the pavement and freezing. As the water freezes it expands causing individual pieces of aggregate to break apart, or it can break out large sections. Asphalt sealcoating reduces these affects by making the pavement much more waterproof. The jet black color raises the temperature of the pavement making water evaporate more quickly and makes ice melt more quickly in the winter.
Easier to clean and maintain
Sealcoats fill surface voids while coating the pavement surface. The resulting smooth and even texture makes surfaces easier to maintain year-round. For example, snow is easier to remove from a smooth surface, and sweeping is far more effective on a smooth surface.
Cost effective in the long run
The price of asphalt will always be affected by crude oil prices, which fluctuate when supplies vary. It’s less expensive to sealcoat a parking lot every few years, than it is to overlay or replace a new lot. Sealcoating preserves asphalt for pennies per square foot.
Preparation and Application
In order for sealcoating to do its job, any structural failures or cracks must be repaired in advance. All potholes must be removed and replaced, cracks cleaned and filled, and oil spots cleaned or primed.
We can then proceed by thoroughly cleaning the asphalt pavement. We use mechanical blowers and brooms to make sure that all dirt and debris is completely removed.
Next, we sealcoat your pavement with a coal tar emulsion (which exceeds Federal Specifications).
Our company adds 2-3 lbs. of sand per gallon of emulsion to increase the solids content while also creating less liability against slips and falls. In addition, we include an acrylic-based hardening additive for additional strength and longevity. We then apply our sealcoating formula using a two coat process. The second coat will be applied after the first coat is dry.
Facts You Should Know About Your Newly Sealcoated Lot
Sealcoating should only be performed under the proper weather conditions. The recommended air and pavement temperature is at least 50 degrees F and rising during sealer application and for 8 hours afterward.
Traffic should be kept off a newly sealed surface for 24 hours to allow for drying (curing) time. We understand that such time frames are not always practical. However, as part of All Pro Asphalt’s commitment to its customers, we are equipped to provide our clients with an alternative solution by sealcoating their lot in sections, or during evening/overnight hours if necessary. And finally, it is also important that you do not turn any sprinkler systems back on, hose down or wash the area for 48 hours after work is completed.
You cannot do structural repairs with a liquid. We have all painted our houses at one time or another and when confronted with an area of 1siding that is rough and is in need of replacement, we are tempted to reach into that bucket and put a huge glob of paint on that area to smooth it out and make it disappear. It usually works but not for long.
Now, not only do you have an area with big pieces of paint peeling, but you will have to remove them first before you can paint the wood underneath. Such is the same with sealcoating.
Asphalt sealcoating is not a replacement for asphalt needing repair, but it is the first line of defense in keeping your lot in the best condition for the longest amount of time.
Asphalt sealcoating was never meant to replace asphalt, only to protect it.
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