Seal Coating and Repair in Annapolis, MD
Choosing to have an asphalt road or parking lot is a cost-effective choice. Asphalt is made up of sand, stone, and gravel that bind together with asphalt cement.
When laying a parking lot or road, this mixture must be heated and quickly placed before it dries. Cooper Paving provides paving and seal coating and repair services in Annapolis, Maryland, and the surrounding areas.
A parking lot or road paved in this material can last up to 15 years, but anyone who deals with an asphalt road or parking lot must realize that it will deteriorate or break down over time.
This is actually a natural process because the materials that make up the asphalt will break down when it comes in contact with certain elements.
Elements that contribute to this include the sun, rain, years of heavy traffic, salt, oil spills, and other chemicals. Because of this, a process known as seal coating is a must to keep your asphalt pavement looking as good as ever.
Cooper Paving offers expert seal coating and repair, an asphalt treatment process that protects and repairs roads and parking lots from damage caused by certain elements.
Seal coating is important to protect your investment! It will keep your asphalt pavement in great condition and maintain aesthetics all of which will contribute to higher property values.
Applied by a brush or spray technique, seal coating is highly recommended for most asphalt paving projects, and helps reduce surface cracking over time – increasing the lifespan of the pavement.
When is Seal Coating Required?
There are many factors that contribute to how long your asphalt pavement will last. The climate, the number of vehicles driving on it, and the weight of the vehicles all play a big role in its life span.
A properly installed asphalt road or parking area can last up to 20 years. Asphalt pavement is seal-coated for maintenance.
Then, it should be sealed again roughly every three to five years. This maintenance process will extend the life of the pavement.
The most important factor in making your asphalt pavement last is choosing a reputable and experienced contractor such as Cooper Paving, who specializes in seal coating.
In addition to following those general rules, it’s important to inspect your pavement often. When you regularly inspect your parking lot or road, you will encounter damage or issues sooner when the repairs are easier and cheaper.
Cracks and potholes should be repaired as soon as possible.
Also, make sure drains and gutters are kept clean so the water does not back up on the pavement. It is also very important to make sure that the weight of vehicles using the pavement is not heavier than what the pavement can support.
Process for Sealcoating a Driveway
The first step when we come to seal coat your driveway is to prepare the area. We will cut any grass or plants around your driveway and remove any dust or dirt from the surface of the existing concrete.
We will also remove any grease stains. Then, our team will mark and note cracks in the concrete. If there is any sealer on the surface, it will be stripped, and then we will begin seal coating your driveway.
The first step is to cut out along the borders of your driveway. Next, we will apply a light layer of sealant to the surface of the concrete using a roller.
Now, we wait for it to dry and will continue to apply layers if necessary. It is recommended that you stay off your driveway for at least 24 hours after the sealant has been applied.
Frequently Asked Questions
Taking care of your driveway is important to keeping your property looking good and, most importantly, accessible.
If you have any questions or concerns about seal coating or repair services, please feel free to reach out to us.
You can also read through our frequently asked questions section to learn more.
How long does a seal coat take to cure?
A seal coat typically takes between 24-48 hours to fully cure. After we place the seal coat, we recommend staying off of it for at least 24 hours.
Does seal coating prevent cracks?
Sealcoating does prevent future cracks from forming; however, it does not fix previous damage. Sealcoat protects the life of your asphalt and prevents damage from occurring.
If your driveway has cracks, we recommend repairing it before seal-coating to ensure an effective seal.
How often should you reseal your driveway?
Asphalt typically requires resealing every 3-5 years. Our climate in Maryland can be tough on asphalt with drastic changes in the weather. We advise our Maryland residents to seal coat their driveways every 2-3 years.
What is the purpose of seal coating?
Seal coating is a protective layer applied to asphalt surfaces such as driveways. The purpose of applying a thin layer over a paved surface is to protect against damage from UV, rain, snow, etc.
Sealcoating does not fix previous cracks or damage, but it will protect against it in the future. A seal coat simply slows down the wear and tear process to extend the lifespan of the underlying pavement.
How long does a seal coat last?
The lifespan of seal coating depends on several things, including the quality of materials, climate, how thick the coat is, and how much traffic it sees.
On average, it should last between three to five years if the pavement is kept in good shape and if it was applied correctly.
Some people may need to reseal their coating sooner if they experience harsher than normal weather or immense amount of wear and tear.
How long does the seal coat need to dry before the rain?
In most cases, seal coating only needs about 12 hours to dry after application before the rain. Rain may damage the sealant after application but it is rare. As long as your sealant has had 12 hours to dry it should not undergo any damage from rainfall.
Why Choose Cooper Paving for Seal Coating and Driveway Repairs?
Cooper Paving has a commitment to providing our customers with preventative, cost-effective maintenance and repair to all residential and commercial paving projects. Parking areas and roadways represent a major investment for your home or business.
Our experienced seal coating and repair crews will ensure you maintain a structurally sound, durable driving surface for years to come. We value your time, which is why we provide fast, free estimates!
The team at Cooper Paving has been specializing in seal coating, pavement repair, and roadway preservation for decades. We are family owned and have been serving families and businesses in Anne Arundel County since 1958.
You can always count on Cooper Paving to provide the best in preventative paving maintenance.