Asphalt Overlay vs Sealcoating

Asphalt Overlay vs. SealcoatingThere are several options when the time comes to repair your asphalt driveway or parking lot. Depending on the condition of the asphalt and the underlying structures (cracks, potholes, etc.), you may not simply be able to sealcoat the surface. In many instances, if deeper cracks have formed, it may be best to consider asphalt repair or replacement, as the cracks allow water to seep into the structure underneath, possibly freeze/expand, and cause larger issues down the road. Asphalt overlaying and sealcoating are similar processes, as both are used for the repair and maintenance of your asphalt.

Asphalt Overlay

An asphalt overlay is the usual method when asphalt is showing cracks and potholes but is not damaged enough to need replacement. In this instance, a paver is used to lay a thin layer of hot asphalt onto the existing surface, which provides a new layer or asphalt on the surface. Overlaying old asphalt, however, will not repair underlying issues. Cracks that remain embedded in the asphalt will eventually come through the new surface (usually within a year or two). While this process can be done and will ensure the driveway or parking lot looks good in the interim, it is recommended that underlying issues and structures be fixed to maintain asphalt integrity for much longer.

Asphalt Sealcoating

Sealcoating a parking lot or driveway is much like painting a wall. While sealcoating alone can sometimes fill shallow cracks, it is recommended that underlying cracks be filled prior to sealcoating. Sealcoating provides a surface that discourages wear, prevents water or other spills from reaching the interior, as well as protecting against damaging sunlight. Keeping asphalt’s cracks filled and reapplying sealcoating every two to four years will typically be the only maintenance required for years to come. It’s by far the most cost-effective way of maintaining asphalt over long periods of time.

Asphalt Maintenance And Sealcoating Experts In Minnesota

Serving much of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and surrounding areas, Seal King is your go to experts for asphalt repair and sealcoating. Whether you need crack sealing, patching, or an asphalt overlay, Seal King can complete any asphalt repair that you may need. We’ll go through all your options to help you find the best value!

If you are looking for a way to revitalize the look of your driveway or parking lot without having to replace your asphalt, consider investing in high quality asphalt overlay or sealcoating services from Seal King Professional Sealcoating. Don’t be fooled by the other companies that lack the necessary experience and use weak materials. Find the Seal King location nearest you or contact us today to make an appointment.