SAVING MONEY AND LONG TERM COST
By maintaining your asphalt pavement surfaces, you effectively help double their life span. A small investment now can save thousands. When you implement a pavement maintenance regimen early on, consisting of regular seal coating every 2-3 years, as well as routine crack filling, you help stop the most common causes of premature pavement failure. This results in having to re-pave less often and translates to dramatic savings in your pavement budget. You also help minimize liability risks and eliminate safety hazards.
When having your asphalt sealcoated by ECS it protects your pavement from the damaging effects of sunlight and ultra violet (UV) rays. As pavement ages, the asphalt binder "glue" used to hold the sand and stone partials together begins to break-down. This causes this binder to release the sand and stone particles that your asphalt is composed of. Over time, your pavement begins to wear thinner and thinner. Left untreated for extended periods of time, a condition known as raveling begins to occur. Raveling is a condition most notable when the pavement takes on an extremely rough and porous texture appearance. The increased porosity traps dirt and moisture and makes the surface harder to clean and take longer to dry. As the pavement continues to dry out, it causes it to lose flexibility and becomes more brittle. The increased brittle nature of the pavement makes it more prone to cracking and stress damage. By sealcoating, you have the benefit of maintaining a more flexible surface with an increase resistance to cracking and stress damage. The continuous oxidizing and loss of flexibility causes your asphalt pavement to be come more sensitive to hot and cold temperature extremes. When your pavement loses flexibility, it is more prone to cracking and other stress related damages, especially in climates that experience extended cold winters. Sealcoating protects your pavement the same way paint protects bare wood or metal, sunscreen protects your skin, or car wax protects the finish on your vehicle.
Sealcoating helps protect your asphalt by forming a protective shield guarding your pavement against all common causes of pavement deterioration. As the name implies, sealcoating provides a protective seal and coat that acts as a weatherproof barrier against oxidation & deterioration. Rather than your actual pavement taking the abuse of the deterioration process, the seal coat is put in place and wears away instead. Numerous studies have shown that properly maintaining your asphalt surfaces, with regular seal coating every 2-3 years, can more than double the life of your pavement. When weighing the small cost of seal coating vs. pavement replacement, it is clear that that a proper pavement maintenance routine is the best solution to preserve your investment, and maximize your driveway or parking lot. Over time, asphalt loses its black color and takes on a gray, faded, oxidized look. Sealcoating helps give your driveway or parking lot a deep, rich, black look to restore it and make it look better than new!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ECS SEALCOATING YOUR ASPHALT?
Residential and commercial sealcoating go hand in hand with other routine maintenance of your home or business. Just like landscaping, such as mowing the lawn regularly, pruning trees, trimming hedges and bushes helps make your property as beautiful as possible, seal coating provides a dramatic enhancement to the appeal and attractiveness of your property. Sealcoating is the ultimate enhancement of your overall landscaping. The sealcoat we apply restores the deep, dark, black as night color that looks even better than brand new pavement. By providing consistent pavement maintenance while your pavement is still fairly new, you help retain your pavement investment and maximize its life span. If you were buying a car, would you rather have one that had the oil changed every 3,000 miles, or one that didn't have the oil changed till the engine started to fail? By implementing ECS asphalt sealcoating service early on, you provide a routine maintenance that could play an important part when you sell your property.
PROTECTION FROM OIL, FUEL PETROLEUM AND CHEMICAL ASSAILANTS
Sealcoating protects your pavement from petroleum based drips and spills like oil, gasoline and other chemicals. Asphalt is a petroleum base product. Ultimately, when you introduce a petroleum based product such as asphalt with other petroleum based products such as oil, gasoline and fuel, their similar chemical make up provide the proper environment for these chemicals molecules to bind together and recombine. This binding action between the similar petroleum derived molecules cause the pavement to break down. Left untreated for extended periods of time with numerous or heavily saturated locations, the pavement starts to experience soft spots that weaken the asphalt to the point it can simply be dug out with a regular car key or screwdriver. By sealcoating, you provide a protective barrier against petroleum spills. In addition, you also provide a protective barrier to protect your pavement from road deicing products and salts. Petroleum based fertilizers can also damage your pavement and lead to an increased level of oxidation.
The combined factors of water and sunlight damage all contribute to the oxidation of your asphalt pavement surfaces. As your surface ages, it turns from a rich, deep black, fresh look to brown and eventually gray. Extremely aged pavements may even take on a whitish-gray appearance. Sealcoating helps lock-in that black appearance of your pavement. This means you preserve the original condition of the pavement when it was installed and prevent it from getting oxidized. Sealcoating also helps create a beautiful, vibrant, uniform black color for your pavement that looks better than new.