SEALCOATING SERVICES IN SOUTHERN ME
Adams & Sons Paving offers asphalt sealcoating services for commercial and residential properties throughout Southern Maine. Our sealcoating specialists use high-performance products such as Seal-Pave™, mixed to manufacturers' specifications and applied in an eco-friendly manner. Asphalt sealcoating projects should be completed during non-business hours to minimize business disruptions, avoid customer safety hazards, and assure that your parking lot is available to your customers.
WHAT ABOUT ASPHALT REPAIRS?
We offer complete asphalt repair, asphalt resurfacing and asphalt maintenance services. It is common for asphalt surfaces to require crack filling, patching and other asphalt repair services prior to the application of asphalt sealcoating. Our asphalt repair specialists will complete a thorough inspection of the asphalt surface to identify areas needing repair attention. This means that our asphalt sealcoating or asphalt repair proposal will be complete and you will not have unexpected additions to your cost for asphalt maintenance.
WHY BOTHER WITH SEALCOATING?
In 2008, the cost of new asphalt nearly doubled which means that it is more important than ever to extend the life of asphalt paving. Additionally, the like-new appearance of your asphalt paving is more inviting to customers and improves traffic safety.
WHAT IS SEALCOATING?
Asphalt sealcoating is a process through which one or more layers of a coal tar pitch or asphalt cement mix is applied to asphalt parking lots, driveways and other asphalt paving scenarios. Asphalt sealcoating provides a rich, black appearance to asphalt and provides a protective barrier against asphalt damage caused by gasoline, oil, salt, water or ultraviolet rays. Sealcoating improves the exterior appearance of commercial business properties and increases the lifespan of any asphalt paving area.
Aside from sealing the surface of a driveway or parking lot, crack sealing is the first level of protection against the deterioration of asphalt. Done correctly, crack sealing will prevent water from seeping into the foundation of the driveway, which will keep the crack from widening further during extreme cold weather. The edges of the cracks will also be protected from unnecessary wear from water, stones, dirt and sand when they are filled and sealed. Ultimately, sealing and filling cracks will help prevent and slow their growth.
Much like maintaining a driveway or parking lot with sealant, cracks must also be taken care of. Cracks that are allowed to grow and multiply will ultimately degrade the surface of a driveway or parking lot twice as fast as one that has been well maintained. Ultimately, as a business-owner or homeowner, you will save money by not having to make costly repairs.
TYPES OF CRACKS
Cracks are divided into several categories. Three of the most common are Reflective, Block, and Edge. Reflective cracks normally appear when an asphalt driveway or parking lot is resurfaced. Cracks that are not taken care of and are part of the underlying asphalt that is being resurfaced will show through the new asphalt and eventually cause cracks to form in the new surface.
Block cracks form a criss-cross pattern, which results in a square design. This generally occurs on parking lots that see very little traffic. On lots or driveways with normal traffic, the tires of the vehicles constantly reshape the somewhat pliable surface of the asphalt. This keeps it flexible which results in less cracking.
Edge cracking runs parallel to the edge of the asphalt surface. The usual suspects that cause edge cracking are: poor foundation or base, weak shoulder support, freezing and insufficient water drainage.