DRIVEWAY SEALING IN NIAGARA REGION
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Sealcoating protects your investment and keeps your driveway or parking lot looking its best. We use an asphalt emulsion mix, environmentally safe product, that leaves a beautiful smooth finish. Sealcoating protects the asphalt from absorbing moisture from gas, water and chemical leaks. Sealcoating helps to prevent cracks from forming that would lead to asphalt deterioration.
Professional sealcoating is an investment in both your business and your property. Sealcoating can help extend the life of your asphalt and reduce the need for more expensive repairs in the future. Over time asphalt begins to deteriorate from long-term exposure to UV rays, traffic and other elements. A professionally sealed driveway can help improve your property’s curb appeal leaving your customers with a good impression.
Do I Need To Seal My Driveway?
The answer is “yes”, for the following benefits:
- Re-instates oils that are lost due to the oxidation processes as asphalt ages.
- Brings back that “deep-black” colour of a brand-new driveway.
- Helps asphalt resist oil spills and gas leaks.
- Prevents water penetration.
When Shouldn’t I Seal My Driveway?
- New driveways shouldn’t be sealed for one year, so it can fully cure.
Sealer can help preserve your driveway; however it can not fix cracks, holes, or ruts. The good news is that these can be remedied, simply call us for a list of options and quotes.
Types of Sealer
Water base sealer creates a thin layer on top of the driveway, which helps to prevent stains. As asphalt is an oil-based product,a water base sealer may choke the pavement, creating thin cracks. Due to this fact Baretta chooses not to use this product.
An oil-based sealer absorbs into the asphalt, but cannot prevent staining by oil or gas. This sealer allows the asphalt to breath, and will infuse oils back into the surface.
Specialized equipment is needed to spray a driveway; skill and experience are also requirements. This is the method of choice for Baretta Paving when it comes to sealer application as it is the most economical, and it is able to penetrate small voids, offering a superior sealed surface look.
What We Use
Baretta Paving Company has chosen to use an oil base sealer with a spray system combination. We are unable to give free estimates on sealer; however it is easy to find out what it would cost. First, find your square footage (length and width), and then multiply it by $0.25. A 1,000 square-foot driveway would cost approximately $250.00.
Small Scuff Marks
This is temporary with new asphalt. These marks can be fixed by using hand tamp or small plate of steel. On a hot day, remove scuff marks by hitting them with the tamp.
Gas and Oil Spills
You can try to remove oil with a bleach-free detergent. EX; dish soap, laundry detergent. Gas must be cleaned with water only. Gas acts as a thinner, do not use a pressure washer.
Sand Coming Off of Driveway
It is common to see sand coming off of the driveway in the first year. If this persists over 2 years, the driveway should be sealed.
It is recommended that driveways be sealed every 1 to 3 years. Remember, driveways should not be sealed before 1 year.
Sealer should be oil based; other sealers may harm the asphalt.
Benefits of Sealing
- Increased life of asphalt
- Easier to shovel and clean driveways
- Maintains surface smoothness.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main reason asphalt pavement fails prematurely is because of a lack of proper maintenance and a failure in construction.
Other factors that can lead to premature asphalt pavement failure include:
- Overloading of vehicles
- Excessive heat
- Chemicals and pollutants
There are several things you can do to help prevent your asphalt from breaking down prematurely, however the main point is:
- Make sure the asphalt is installed properly in the first place. Poor installation can lead to problems down the road.
The best time of year to pave asphalt is during the spring and summer months.
The curing time for asphalt can vary depending on the ambient temperature, the asphalt mix, and the thickness of the pavement. In general, though, it is best to wait at least 5 (five) full days before driving on a new asphalt surface.