Asphalt Maintenance FAQ

How can I preserve and protect my asphalt?
You should have your asphalt seal coated within three and six months after it is laid. As your asphalt develops cracks they should be dealt with promptly to prevent further damage to the asphalt. After the initial seal coat, sealer should be reapplied every three years depending on use and wear. This will help prevent deterioration of your pavement due to the weather elements, gasoline, traffic and sunlight.

How often should my pavement be sealed?
We recommend sealing every three years, although weather conditions and snow removal do have some effect on how long sealer lasts.

What causes asphalt to fail?
Inadequate thickness of the pavement can cause failure. Additionally, aggregates can be worn away by weather and traffic causing the asphalt to break apart. Sealcoating and crack sealing reduce the chance of premature failure.

Does sunlight deteriorate asphalt?
The sun heats the binder which lessens the ability of the chemicals to hold together thus causing the asphalt to crumble especially around the edges.

When and why should cracks be sealed?
Cracks should be sealed as soon as possible. Unsealed cracks let water seep into the pavement causing deterioration.

Does sealing cracks really save money?
Yes, sealing cracks can double the life of your asphalt.

How soon can I drive on my pavement after you have worked on it?
It depends. If your pavement has only been crack sealed then it can be driven on after only 15 minutes. If your pavement has been sealed then you should wait at least 24 hours before driving on it.