Protecting your fresh, newly laid-out asphalt with a sealcoating is one of the best decisions. If you're already invested in new asphalt, taking things a step further by having the contractors add a sealcoating on top will allow you to prevent damage that can quickly occur. But if you've never had this service done before, you probably don't know what to expect. There are some primary steps involved in this relatively simple process that will leave your asphalt in superb condition.
Step #1: Cleaning the Asphalt to Remove Any Dirt
After getting new asphalt, you must give it a few weeks before adding the sealcoating on top. Once it's time to get started, the professionals will thoroughly clean your asphalt to remove dirt. Naturally, they wouldn't want to apply the professional sealcoating liquid on unclean asphalt.
Step #2: Creating a Barrier Surrounding the Asphalt
After washing the asphalt, the professionals will give it time to dry, which shouldn't take long when the process is performed on a warm day. As they wait for the wet areas to dry, they will begin setting up a barrier that surrounds the asphalt, keeping the coating from getting onto surfaces where it doesn't belong.
Step #3: Applying the First Coat
When adding the sealcoating to the asphalt, putting down more than one layer of liquid is quite common. The professionals will have specific tools and equipment to help them achieve a precise finish. You may notice them starting at the top of the asphalt and working their way down, which is an effective way to apply a smooth layer without overdoing it.
Step #4: Going Over the First Layer with a Second Coat
After putting down that first layer and giving it time to dry, the contractors you've hired may go in again with their tools and liquid sealant to add an extra layer. However, they might need to wait a day or two before adding the second layer to ensure the first layer has had plenty of time to cure.
Paving contractors can follow these four steps when adding sealcoating to a client's asphalt. Although it can take several days to complete everything, the added protection for your new asphalt makes it worth the steps involved. Keep in mind that sealcoating lasts for quite a while, especially when paving contractors use high-quality materials. However, you will still need to complete this process every so often to ensure your asphalt remains in good condition over the years.
Contact a professional to learn more about asphalt sealcoating.