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What is sealcoating?
Sealcoating is a process in which a coating of sealer is applied to asphalt to protect and seal the asphalt from weather elements and manmade elements such as oil spills, etc.   Also, sealcoating adds a jet black color to enhance the appearance of the asphalt driveway or parking lot.
Frequently Asked Questions
In general terms, sealer is a product which is a thick, brown in appearance (black when it dries), substance which contains water, sand, aluminum and other compunds.  When sealer is applied, it fills in the small gaps in the asphalt sealing them to help prevent water and elements from getting in the asphalt.
How often should you sealcoat?
It is recommended that sealcoat be applied every two years.
What is sealer?
How long does it take for the sealer to dry?
It typically takes 3-5 hours of drying time to make the sealer dry to the touch and safe if it rains later that day or night. In summertime conditions, it dries much faster due to the heat and intensity of the sun.
When can I walk and drive on the driveway after it has been sealed?
You can walk on the driveway 24 hours after sealcoating.
You can drive on the driveway 48 hours after sealcoating.
When is sealcoating able to be done?
The sealcoating season starts approximately the 2nd week in April and runs through the 1st week in November.  The air temperature needs to be 55 degrees and rising for the sealer to dry properly.  If you apply the sealer in colder temperatures, the sealer will not dry correctly and will eventually peel.