Asphalt Q & A in Washington's West Sound Area

 
Asphalt road — Asphalt services in Bremerton, WA
 
Asphalt Paving Machine Rolling Over Driveway — Asphalt services in Bremerton, WA
 
Applying bitumen on road surface — Asphalt Sealing in Bremerton, WA
 
 
 
Why should asphalt be sealed?
There are two main benefits to sealing asphalt.

To slow down the aging process.
To renew the "just paved" appearance.
 
 
In very simple terms, asphalt is composed of varying sizes of crushed rock, sand, and asphalt cement. The asphalt cement gives the pavement it's black appearance and acts as a binder or the "glue" that holds the rock together. Over time the binder becomes brittle from the damaging effects of the sun. When this happens, the pavement becomes more susceptible to cracking. and shedding rock. Properly applying a quality sealer to the asphalt will help protect it from the damaging effects of the sun while helping to fill porous areas where rock loss has occurred.
Other benefits of sealing:

  • Sealed pavement is easier to keep clean.
  • Sealed pavement dries faster. Less time wet means less moss.
 
 
When should I seal my asphalt?
To maximize the life of your pavement it is important to seal early. We recommend sealing new pavement the following sealing season. By sealing while the pavement is "young" (before the surface turns grey from oxidation) the protection can start before the damaging effects can take a toll. There is a common misconception that sealing is for old, distressed pavement. back to top
 
 
How often should I seal my asphalt?
Time between coatings will vary with customers needs. Often "curb appeal" is the reason for sealing. You may not "need" to recoat from a maintenance standpoint, but wish to maintain the newly paved appearance.

A quality two coat job should protect a residential drive for 3-5 years.

Commercial lots, depending on the volume of traffic will usually need recoating between 2-4 years.
 
 
How long do I have to stay off the pavement after it is sealed?
It is recommended that vehicles stay off the newly sealed pavement for 24 hours after the second coat is applied. The pavement can be opened to foot traffic as soon as the sealer is dry. Areas exposed to the sun will dry quickly, as identified by a flat black color. Our workers will make certain that the work area is securely blocked off before leaving the job site.
 
 
 
I have tire marks on my newly sealed pavement. Is this normal?
During hot weather the pavement can get very hot. Although cured and ready to be driven on, the sealcoat is somewhat softer under these conditions. It is normal for tire marks to occur on hot pavement when steering or driving aggressively. The good news is that this condition will subside as the sealer ages and continues to get tougher. Also, any tire marks that have occurred will disappear as they continue to be driven over. Marking can be minimized by avoiding "dry steering" (turning steering wheel while vehicle is not moving)

Tire marks are not a bad thing. It is a temporary condition that is an indicator that your pavement has received an ample amount of material, providing long lasting protection.
 
 
Why should I spend money every few years on maintenance? Wouldn't I do as well to just repave when I have to?
A number of studies have shown that a routine maintenance program will extend the life of the pavement many years. In some cases the life of the pavement was nearly doubled. Routine maintenance provides constant curb appeal to your property.
 
 
Why should I choose SUPERIOR ASPHALT SEALING to maintain my asphalt pavement?
By letting us take care of your asphalt maintenance needs you can be assured that you will get quality start to finish. An attention to the details and taking the time to do the job right assures you of a long lasting top quality job. Some say "we'll beat anybody's price". We say "we'll beat anybody's performance."