Sealcoating in Baltimore
Common Questions About Sealcoating We Hear All the Time in Baltimore
Driveways are a miracle of modern technology, there’s no doubt about it, but if you’re like most Baltimore residents you probably don’t know the first thing about the smooth surface you drive over every day. So when your driveway displays the inevitable—fading paint, cracked surfaces, rough and bumpy terrain—most people are rightly stumped and don’t have the first idea of how to repair it.
At Professional Parking Lot Striping Inc., we’ve made our living in providing sealcoating solutions to Baltimore residents in need. So it was no trouble for us to put together this guide to the most common questions about sealcoating we hear on a regular basis.
Mull these over and give us a call if you have any further questions!
What is Sealcoating?
Sealcoating is a way to improve the look and texture of cracked driveways or pavement. It involves placing a seal that is made out of an emulsion (that’s fancy word for mixture) of asphalt, water, chemicals and fillers. This isn’t concrete or asphalt but behaves similarly, and will set over time on top of your existing driveway. Consider it the ‘paving equivalent’ of putting up a new coat of paint!
What Are My Options for Sealcoating?
In the past, coal tar sealant was used, but today, most sealcoating contractors (including Professional Parking Lot Striping Inc.) prefer to use the asphalt sealcoat method, which is much better for the environment!
Can I Do My Own Sealcoating?
At-home sealcoating kits are usually branded as ‘driveway sealer’. You are welcome to try your hand at this fascinating art yourself, but buyer beware: these kits are often quite expensive for the quality you get.
One thing you can’t get at home? A professional’s trained hand. Obtaining an even coat can be hard without professional equipment. You may have to go over the layer two to three times.
How Long Does Driveway Sealer Last?
Experts estimate that you should reseal your driveway every three to five years. In fact, applying more often than that can be bad for your driveway because it does little for the structural health of the driveway. Which brings us to our next point!
Can Sealcoating Be Used as a Substitute for Parking Lot Repair?
Think about the coat of paint analogy: you can’t just keep applying thicker and thicker layers of paint if the wall is rotting underneath!
Similarly, if your asphalt parking lot isn’t structurally sound, sealcoating just adds bulk to a broken driveway. The primary driver of damage to asphalt is water erosion. Sealcoating can provide some protection from water, but it’s mostly a cosmetic fix.
Where’s the Best Place to Get Sealcoating Near Me?
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Professional Parking Lot Striping Inc. is your local sealcoating and paving expert! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to explain all the nitty-gritty details about how we can restore your home’s curb appeal with a beautifully redone driveway. Give us a call and let us show you the Professional Parking Lot Striping Inc. difference!
If you would like to know more about us or have any questions about our paving services, please give us a call or send us an email. We can’t wait to hear from you!