The asphaltic binder is now shielded from the aforementioned external conditions thanks to the seal coating process. Another advantage of asphalt seal coating is that it protects the asphalt from the harmful effects of gasoline, oil, and de-icing salts. The most noticeable advantage of asphalt seal coating is the preservation of the asphalt’s original hue. For a fraction of the original cost, the asphalt regains its new look. Elite Sealcoating LLC is an excellent resource for this.
Coal tar emulsion or asphalt emulsion is sprayed or rubbed onto the asphalt surface in the process of asphalt seal coating. In general, two coats of seal coat material should be applied in general areas, and three coats in high traffic areas like drive lanes.
The best application method for the seal coat material is a point of contention. The majority of “old school” seal coaters believe that brushing the seal coat material is the only way to go. The brushing method, on the other hand, has some flaws. The natural indentations of the asphalt are filled in when the seal coat material is brushed over, and the asphalt loses its traction. Even, contrary to common opinion, when applying the seal coat material, thicker is not better. The Seal coat material should be applied at a rate of.17 gal/sq. yd., with a cumulative rate of.51 gal/sq. yd.
Given the disadvantages of brushing the seal coat material, there is a better option. Spraying the seal coat material is another choice. This process ensures that the seal coat material is distributed uniformly without filling the asphalt’s natural grooves. If a contractor claims to brush exclusively, proceed with caution when working with them. These businesses also do not invest in updated equipment, which prevents them from completing larger seal coating work.