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Slurry Seal VS Sealcoat: How to Choose Between the Two

When it comes to roads, parking lots, or driveways, the type of seal you use is important to the asphalt’s longevity. Sealcoating and slurry seal are both great options, but for two different purposes.

While slurry may take longer to dry, it can also last longer on surfaces in high-traffic areas. However, if you have a low-traffic area, you do not need to wait as long for your seal to dry and sealcoating may be right for you.

The Benefits of Sealcoating

Sealcoating contains liquid asphalt, mineral fillers, and anti-oxidation additives. Compared to slurry seal, it cures faster, in two to four hours. The curing time is dependent on the application and the mixture. If your asphalt appears rough, the sealcoating will provide a smooth and protective finish. Sealcoating also protects against two of asphalt’s biggest enemies, UV rays and moisture.

Sealcoating requires less specialized equipment than slurry and can be applied via spray or with a squeegee. Sealcoating is the cheaper option but not as long-lasting; it will need to be reapplied every three to five years.

The Benefits of Slurry Seal

Slurry seal is a thick paving treatment. It contains aggregates, asphalt emulsion, water, and other additives. One of the major benefits of slurry seal is that it can last about eight to 10 years. As a trade-off, however, it does cost more than sealcoating.

If you have a road or tarmac with heavier traffic, slurry seal is your better option. It is more protective against wear and tear and is considered a high-performance treatment because it provides you an additional surface for wear. When we apply slurry seal, we use self-mixing equipment and an applicator.

To maintain your asphalt parking lot, contact Asphalt Surfacing to speak to the experts. We can help you decide which options are best for you.

Protect Your Parking Lot With Asphalt Surface Treatments

Your parking lot is the first part of your business that customers encounter. Between traffic and the weather, this surface endures a lot of stress each day. Applying asphalt surface treatments can help extend the life of the parking lot and keep it looking good.

Why Do You Need Surface Treatments? 

Moisture can seep into the asphalt, causing damage over time. The pavement may begin to crack or fade, and cracks may turn into potholes if they are not repaired. Additionally, the weight of the vehicles can damage the asphalt, and oil spills may stain the pavement. While you may repair small potholes, there could be damage to the asphalt you cannot see. This unseen damage can lead to more expensive repairs later on.

How Do Surface Treatments Protect Parking Lots? 

Asphalt surface treatments provide a protective covering for your parking lot. This covering prevents water and other liquids from seeping into the asphalt and causing stains and cracks.

Before laying down this coating, our team prepares the asphalt. We fix cracks and potholes so that your parking lot looks good and maintains structural integrity. Additionally, we provide a thorough cleaning so that the surface treatment can bond to the asphalt. This kind of maintenance helps extend the life of the asphalt, so you do not need to make repairs as often.

How Often Do You Need This Service? 

If the asphalt is several years old, you may need to get a surface treatment every two or three years. If you’re unsure when your parking lot needs the next treatment, we can evaluate it for you. If there are signs of significant wear, it’s probably time for a new surface treatment.

At Asphalt Surfacing, we are committed to ensuring that your parking lot is in the best condition. Call 408-673-4719 or send us an email to schedule a consultation so we can discuss the right maintenance plan for your parking lot.