A newly paved driveway is aesthetically appealing. However, asphalt pavement deteriorates with time due to extreme weather conditions and consistent use. Your asphalt pavement will eventually need replacement or repair. The common types of repair are asphalt sealcoating and paving. Although many people think the two processes are synonymous, they are mutually different. Here are the common differences between asphalt sealcoating and paving.
Asphalt sealcoating is the process of applying a specially-formulated coating on asphalt-based pavements. The coating dries and hardens to protect the pavement against sun damage, corrosive chemicals, and water penetration.
The cost of applying an asphalt sealcoat is dependent on the size of the driveway. When properly conducted, asphalt sealcoating can give your driveway a new look at a lower cost than asphalt paving.
Asphalt sealcoating takes about 24 to 48 hours to cure fully. The time for drying varies based on sun exposure, temperature, and humidity. Fast dry sealers require about 75 degrees Fahrenheit for application.
Properly applied asphalt sealcoating can extend the lifespan of your driveway by nearly three to five years. Asphalt sealcoating is recommended for driveways that have lasted for at least half a year. It can extend your driveway’s lifespan by slowing normal wear and tear.
Asphalt paving refers to the application of hot asphalt to a driveway surface. It could either involve creating a new driveway or repairing an existing one. The cost of asphalt paving depends on the size of the paved surface and the services provided in the process. Asphalt paving is usually more expensive than sealcoating.
Asphalt paving can take up to 30 days to fully cure. However, the time can vary depending on the weather. Nevertheless, you can start driving and parking on the driveway after three days. Drive carefully to prevent leaving scuff marks on the driveway before it has cured fully.
Properly installed asphalt paving can last for 15 to 20 years. Asphalt paving is suitable for driveways that are nearing the end of their lifespan. It is also the best solution to extensive driveway issues like deep cracks and large potholes.
While asphalt sealcoating and paving appear similar, they are different processes. Asphalt sealcoating is used to protect asphalt pavements, although it can also repair minor cracks and damages. Asphalt paving is for creating, replacing, or repairing a driveway. Contact a sealcoating contractor if you have any questions about sealcoating and paving or need help with your driveway.