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Signs Your Asphalt Surface Needs A New Layer Of Sealcoating


After a new asphalt surface, such as a driveway, roadway, or walkway, has been laid, it is coated with a sealant. Asphalt is naturally porous and without the sealcoating, it will absorb water. This can cause it to expand and contract, which leads to cracks. These cracks can then begin to crumble and your asphalt deteriorates. However, the sealcoating doesn't last forever and it needs to be reapplied as it wears off. The frequency with which it wears varies based on many factors, such as how often the surface is used and what weather elements it is exposed to. As such, it is important that you understand what the signs are that your asphalt surface needs a new layer of sealcoating. Here are three of those signs.

Your Asphalt Surface Has Developed an Alligator-Like Look to It

One of the signs that your sealant is wearing off is that your asphalt surface has developed a pattern that resembles alligator skin or cracked pottery. You may see creases or a cracked-like pattern present. Your asphalt absorbs the sealcoating unevenly, as it is porous.The areas that have absorbed a lot of the sealant create the creases you see. The areas in which the sealant has worn off create the rest of the pattern. This is why this pattern may appear as it wears away.

The Asphalt is Turning Gray

Another sign that indicates your asphalt surface may need a new layer of sealcoating is that the asphalt is turning gray. When asphalt begins to turn gray, it indicates that weather is affecting the asphalt. This can be the sun shining constantly on the surface or rain and ice wearing away at it. This should not happen with an effective layer of sealant on top of the asphalt. As such, this indicates that your sealant is no longer effective and needs to be laid again.

Water is Being Absorbed Into the Asphalt

The last sign that sealcoating needs to be reapplied to your asphalt surface is the asphalt surface absorbing water. When your sealant is working as it should, water should bead up or pool on top of the asphalt surface. If water is being absorbed, the sealant isn't effective. Take a small cup of water and dump it on your asphalt surface in various areas, particularly those that are exposed to the most sun or traffic. If the water beads up, your sealant is good. If the asphalt absorbs the water, you need a new layer of sealcoating applied.

Sealcoating can help extend the life of your asphalt surface. If you notice your asphalt surface has a cracked look to it, is turning gray, or is absorbing water, contact a paving contractor to apply a new layer of sealcoating to your surface.


25 May 2016