Understanding the Pros and Cons of Sealcoating in St. Louis

The relentless St. Louis climate takes a toll on asphalt surfaces.  Sealcoating offers a protective layer, but is it the right choice for your driveway or parking lot?  Here at Next Level Striping and Construction, we believe in providing our clients with balanced information to make informed decisions.  Let’s explore the pros and cons of sealcoating in St. Louis.

Pros of Sealcoating

Enhanced Durability: Sealcoating acts as a shield, protecting asphalt from the damaging effects of UV rays, harsh winters, and gasoline/oil spills. This extends the lifespan of your asphalt surface, saving you money on costly repairs and replacements down the line.

Improved Crack Prevention: Over time, asphalt naturally cracks. Sealcoating fills minor cracks and helps prevent water infiltration, a major contributor to crack formation and expansion.

Increased Flexibility: Sealcoating creates a more flexible asphalt surface, better able to withstand freeze-thaw cycles and ground movement common in St. Louis. This reduces the risk of cracking and uneven surfaces.

Boosted Curb Appeal: A freshly sealed asphalt surface has a richer black tone and a more uniform appearance, enhancing the overall aesthetic of your property.

Cons of Sealcoating

Cost Consideration: While sealcoating is generally less expensive than asphalt replacement, it’s still an additional cost to factor in. The frequency of sealcoating (typically every 3-5 years) needs to be considered in your budget planning.

Improper Application Risks: Poor quality or improperly applied sealcoating can trap moisture beneath the surface, accelerating deterioration. Choosing a reputable and experienced contractor like Next Level Striping and Construction is crucial.

Temporary Fix for Major Damage: Sealcoating is a preventative measure, not a cure-all. If your asphalt already has significant cracks or potholes, sealcoating won’t fix them permanently. Repairs might be necessary before sealcoating can be effective.

Environmental Impact: Some traditional sealcoating materials contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that contribute to air pollution. However, here at Next Level Striping and Construction, we prioritize eco-friendly materials with lower VOC content whenever possible.

Making an Informed Decision

The decision to sealcoat depends on the condition of your asphalt and your budget.  Here’s a general guideline:

For relatively new asphalt with minor cracks: Sealcoating can be a wise investment to extend its lifespan and improve appearance.

For older asphalt with extensive cracks or potholes: Repairs might be necessary before sealcoating. Consult a professional to assess the best course of action.

Partner with Next Level Striping and Construction for Expert Advice

At Next Level Striping and Construction, we offer free consultations to assess your St. Louis asphalt’s condition and recommend the most suitable maintenance plan, including sealcoating if appropriate.  We use high-quality, eco-friendly materials and ensure a professional application that protects your investment.

Contact Next Level Striping and Construction Today!

Let our experts guide you in making the right decision for your asphalt surfaces.  Contact Next Level Striping and Construction today to schedule a free consultation and keep your St. Louis property looking its best for years to come.