Material Options for Sealcoating Asphalt

car is cruising along the country asphalt roadAsphalt is among the most common paving materials nowadays. It is extremely durable, low-maintenance, and inexpensive. However, it is highly susceptible to damage since it is typically used in high-traffic areas and exposed to a range of adverse elements. Thankfully, there is no need for overhauling your asphalt pavements and floors when they get damaged.

You can opt to sealcoat the damaged asphalt commercial flooring. This process involves spraying a coating material that acts as heavy-coated paint to fill in cracks and rejuvenate the floor’s look. Here are some of the material options for sealcoating your asphalt.

Coal Tar Emulsion

This is the most durable sealcoating material on the market with a five-year average lifespan. Coal tar emulsion comprises chemicals with different molecular structures that undergo a ‘coking process’, similar to those in steel manufacturing. The material offers superior protection from petroleum-based, moisture, and UV damage. Coal tar, however, has a high volatile organic compound content that might be dangerous for the environment.

Asphalt Emulsion

Though it offers less protection compared to coal tar, it has superior moisture resistance. The material is made of crude oil with some additives and comes in dark black, which restores asphalt’s original colour. On the other hand, it needs frequent re-application to look good.

Acrylic Emulsion

This is a synthetic coating material that comes in varying shades, including red, clear, green, and black. It is highly durable with a seven-year lifespan, UV-resistant, and unaffected by harsh weather conditions. It is also eco-friendly but generally the most expensive.

All of the above sealcoating materials are efficient but need a high level of expert maintenance. The amount you spend in maintenance is a drop in the ocean compared to laying down a new asphalt pavement. Sealcoating remains the best option for a rejuvenated asphalt floor.

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