The Sealcoating Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Thinking about giving your asphalt driveway or parking lot a fresh, protective sealcoat? Understanding the process can help you decide whether to tackle it yourself (DIY) or hire a professional. Here’s a breakdown of the typical steps involved in sealcoating:

 

Preparation (DIY or Professional)

  1. Clear the Area: Remove all vehicles and furniture from the surface to be sealed.
  2. Edge Trimming: A power edger or shovel can be used to create a clean edge between the pavement and surrounding areas like lawns or flowerbeds.
  3. Cleaning is Crucial: Dirt, oil, and loose debris can prevent proper adhesion of the sealant. Use a broom, leaf blower, and possibly a degreaser for oil stains (consult a professional for proper application) to ensure a clean surface.
  4. Crack Repair (Optional for DIY, Recommended for Professionals): Cracks wider than ¼ inch should be addressed to prevent water infiltration and further damage. Professionals use specialized crack fillers that flex with temperature changes and provide long-lasting repair.
 

Sealcoating Application (Professional Recommended)

  1. Choosing the Right Sealer: Professional contractors can assess your pavement condition and recommend the most appropriate sealer type and application method.
  2. Weather Matters: Sealcoating is best done on dry days with moderate temperatures (avoid very hot or cold days). Professionals monitor weather conditions to ensure optimal results.
  3. Application: For a uniform, high-quality application, professionals use spray equipment that ensures even coverage and minimizes the risk of missed spots or excessive pooling.
  4. Squeegee and Edges: Hand squeegees ensure a smooth finish along edges and tight spots, while professionals take extra care to create clean lines and a polished look.
  5. Curing Time: Allow the sealcoat to cure completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Professionals will advise on appropriate timeframe for using the sealed surface.

DIY vs. Professional Sealcoating

While a DIY approach might seem cost-effective initially, here are some advantages of hiring a professional sealcoating company:

  • Expertise and Experience: Professionals possess the knowledge and experience to assess your pavement condition, recommend the right materials, and apply the sealant flawlessly.
  • Proper Equipment: They have access to specialized equipment for cleaning, crack repair, and application, ensuring a high-quality, long-lasting sealcoat.
  • Safety Considerations: Handling hot sealcoat and maneuvering heavy equipment can pose safety risks. Professionals prioritize safety measures and are trained for proper handling.
  • Time Efficiency: Professionals can complete the job efficiently, minimizing disruption to your daily routine.
  • Warranty and Insurance: Many professional contractors offer warranties on their work and carry liability insurance, providing peace of mind.

Next Level Striping: Your Partner in Pavement Maintenance

At Next Level Striping, we understand the importance of a properly sealed asphalt surface. We can recommend reputable sealcoating contractors in the St. Louis area who will ensure your project is completed efficiently, safely, and according to the highest standards. Contact us today for a free consultation!