In the warm, humid St Petersburg, FL climate, your driveway or parking lot can take a beating. When you need asphalt sealcoating, asphalt paving or asphalt repair, TMT Asphalt Services is the source for all your maintenance needs. Sometimes, asphalt sealcoating St Petersburg FL is the best bet for your driveway, but how do you know when it’s the right time?
First, it helps to understand what asphalt sealcoating is. Many think of sealcoating like painting your house. You have a primer and foundation color on your home, but every few years, it needs a fresh coat. The same goes for your driveway.
Exposure to sun, large amounts of traffic, water, and oil and gas spills can deteriorate the surface of your driveway. Sealcoating uses a spray application of asphalt or a coal tar mixture to protect the asphalt driveway.
Sealcoating is usually applied after other repairs, such as patching holes or sealing cracks, is complete. Sealcoating is not a structural repair of your driveway or parking lot, but is an affordable way to maintain its structure and lengthen its lifespan. Sealcoating protects your investment and your driveway.
How Does Sealcoating Work?
Sealcoating is a mixture of asphalt and clay, minerals and water. The components are emulsified before they’re applied to the driveway. After it’s applied, the water will evaporate, leaving the remaining sealcoat to harden, forming a protective driveway or parking lot coating.
The finished product is a shiny, smooth black surface that has a polished look to it that adds curb appeal and style to your property.
If you’ve recently installed a new driveway or parking lot, you should wait 6-12 months so that it can cure. The oils will be released from the asphalt, meaning the driveway or parking lot is ready for a sealcoating layer. The sealcoat also acts as a water barrier, preventing rainwater and runoffs from permeating the asphalt base. It also helps prevent deterioration due to oxidation on the asphalt binder and over-drying in the St. Petersburg, FL sun. When the binder fails, it loses flexibility, becomes brittle and hardens. In addition, the sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays break down the carbon bonds in the asphalt.
Sealcoating protects against these elemental problems. Early sealcoating prevents the natural breakdown and should be repeated every 2-3 years as part of a sound preventative maintenance program. We encourage customers not to drive on a sealcoated driveway or parking lot for 2-3 days, allowing the sealcoating to properly cure. Rain will not damage the asphalt sealcoating St Petersburg residents choose, but will lengthen the time it takes to cure.
At TMT (The Master’s Touch) Asphalt Services, we provide comprehensive asphalt paving, striping and asphalt repair. We will inspect your driveway or parking lot and give you a free, written estimate. Since 1995, our family-owned company has been the paving contractor customers count on for residential and commercial services.
We’re not satisfied until the job is done to your complete satisfaction.