Importance of Sealcoating Over Asphalt Pavements for Oxidation Resistance
Asphalt-made surfaces look good and offer a lot of utility too. However, they are susceptible to deterioration due to various reasons, particularly oxidation. The result of all this is a significant reduction in the operating life of any asphalt surface.
To protect an asphalt surface from the deteriorating effects of oxidation, sealcoating is a cost-effective measure to take up. By having a driveway, pavement or a parking lot protected with sealcoating in Southwest Florida, one can maintain the pavements as well as extend the utility of the asphalt surface for a long time.
There are certain features of sealcoating which makes it important and beneficial for asphalt-covered surfaces in the face of oxidation.
Sealcoating Slows Down the Oxidation Process
Sun shines most of the year in Venice and our surrounding areas and asphalt surfaces directly bear the brunt of scorching sunshine. Sunlight doesn’t just carry heat, it also has invisible UV rays, and both of them actively deteriorate tarmacs.
Moreover, presence of air and sun also instigates the process of oxidation. When asphalt is spread over a surface, a binder is used to adhere the mix of gravel and coal tar to get a consistent texture. Oxidation deteriorates this binder which consequently results in a loose meshwork of the asphalt aggregates.
With weather conditions and traffic, these aggregates start to come out of the surface resulting in an uneven surface which completely defeats the purpose of getting asphalt covering in the first place.
The cracks and holes appear due to oxidation literally paves the way for water to seep inside the surface which only results in further deterioration. Sealcoating from an experienced asphalt sealing company such as ourselves can address this issue.
One must keep in mind that sealcoating can’t stop the process of oxidization. However, a good professional asphalt sealer can render the service of sealcoating, which dramatically slows down the process of oxidation.
Pro tip: Get your newly-constructed asphalt pavement sealcoated within 12 months of instillation. Right after the construction, an asphalt pavement is loaded with oils that need oxidizing reactions for neutralization to make the surface harder. So, oxidization for a couple of months after the construction is important. However, don’t leave it too long and hire Asphalt Sealers to get your pavement protected through sealcoating from the damages of oxidation.
Get in touch with us if you want to protect any of asphalt pavements in Southeast Florida through our tried and tested protective layer of sealcoating. – Asphalt Sealers, Inc