Expert Asphalt Maintenance

Asphalt MaintenanceWhen you invest in asphalt surfaces, there’s nothing worse you could do than let your asphalt degrade, fall apart, crack, and fade over time. Of course, asphalt isn’t impervious to weather and wear. With proper maintenance, you can ensure your asphalt stays looking new free of cracks and potholes as long as possible. So what does maintenance include? That depends on several factors, including how new your asphalt is, how often your asphalt is driven on, whether it’s a commercial or residential stretch of asphalt, and more.

At Seal King, we want to help you make good decisions for your property, ensuring you keep your property in ship shape. Our Minnesota sealcoating experts can help answer any questions you have about sealcoating, from how often you should be sealing your asphalt to when the best time is to seal it.

How Often Should Asphalt Be Seal Coated?

This is the biggest question we get, and it’s not always a straightforward answer, unfortunately. Generally speaking, sealing your asphalt every 1-3 years is best to ensure it looks and feels new and doesn’t develop cracks and breaks. Leaving asphalt unsealed means leaving it unprotected from weather and wear, and the amount of protection it needs of course depends on the level and type of use your asphalt sees. If your asphalt is lightly used, you might only have to seal it every 3-5 years, but if you run a commercial property with heavy traffic, you’re definitely looking to seal your asphalt every 1-3 years.

When to Seal Coat Asphalt?

There’s no “best time” to seal your asphalt, but you should definitely look to do it before the winter weather sets in so that you don’t have to contend with snow, ice, and rock salt. Adding to that, if your asphalt needs to be sealed, you want to make sure it’s done before it has to go through another season of harsh weather, snow plowing, and degrading rock salts. Over all, you should choose the best time to seal your asphalt based on when you can leave it to set. Typically, giving your asphalt a day or two of rest once it’s sealed is best to ensure it’s fully dry.

Asphalt Patching and Crack-Filling to Prevent Further Damage

So how do we maintain asphalt beyond laying down new seal coats? When your asphalt starts to wear down, crack, and break, it’s always best to confront the problems sooner than later. That doesn’t just mean adding a new seal coat; that means filling cracks, patching holes, removing broken areas and refilling them, and then sealing your asphalt. With these small maintenance measures, you can extend the life of your asphalt and ensure you don’t have to install new asphalt just to fix a few problems. To get in touch with Seal King, or to schedule a time for our Minnesota sealcoating maintenance experts to come seal or repair your asphalt, call us today at (651) 485-1121.