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A new asphalt driveway or parking area should not
allow traffic or parked vehicles for 3 days, foot traffic is allowed
immediately after completion!
Never seal new asphalt until it has cured for 90
days ( 3 Months).
Sealing a new driveway will help prevent oil stains and oil
damage! Sealers also help protect driveways from gasoline and
transmission fluid spills!
Sealing your asphalt driveway or parking area
every 2-4 years thereafter is an important part of maintaining
elasticity in all bituminous products. It is also the best time
to take care of any cracks or holes that need to be filled and prevent
water from getting into your gravel base / foundation.
Elements such as the sun and rain will wear and
dry asphalt. Asphalt will dry and become brittle with age.
Even if asphalt is not exposed to any outdoor elements it would still
lighten and dry with time!
If water goes all the way through the asphalt, it
will begin washing away the gravel base foundation weakening structural
Sealing your driveway with Coal Tar Emulsion is a
great tribute to the longevity of asphalt. Driveway maintenance and
preventative care will go a long way it protecting your investment!
Too much Coal Tar Emulsion can damage your
driveway. Never seal your driveway every year or apply more than one
coat unless needed! Seal your asphalt when the old sealer is worn
off or shows signs of wearing.
Never seal coat your driveway too often for this
will cause a build-up of sealer that will split and peel causing a very
unpleasant look, always let the sealer wear and fade before applying
Coal Tar Emulsion Sealers can be purchased at any
major hardware store or home improvement outlet and should be applied
to new asphalt driveways to prevent oil stains or oil damage after 90
Sealing your driveway is like putting a wax
coating on your car or furniture. It will protect the surface
from the elements, add elasticity, restore the color, protect against
oil spots and staining, and it even makes your driveway smoother by
filling all the pores and cracks.
Seal coating every 2-4 years will help defend
against the elements, and filling all holes and cracks before sealing
will make your asphalt driveway look fully restored!
After Sealcoating Video
Asphalt becomes brittle with age, as it dries out,
it turns white then becomes vulnerable to cracking. If you bend
metal back and forth what happens? Eventually the metal will
crack and break. Frost will lift your driveway every winter
(unless you live in a non frost climate), and will re-settle in the
spring after the ground thaws.
Coal Tar Emulsion sealers will add elasticity to
asphalt, help keep it stay soft and allow the asphalt to flex with the
winters frost and spring thaws. Coal Tar is the only ingredient
in any sealer that bonds through a chemical reaction with the
asphalt. Sand has no benefit other than for traction.
Sealers with lots of sand cost more and contain
less Coal Tar Emulsion. Sand is only needed to provide traction
on a steep incline. Most sealers today are rubberized to help with the
traction issue so sand is rarely needed.
Rain is another significant wearing element that
your driveway has to tolerate. The Grand Canyon was created by
water! Even the sun will act as a catalyst and speed up the
These are a few of the element that can cause harm
to your driveway or parking lot, and eventually surface cracks will
- Seal coating your asphalt will help ward off
the elements and extend the beauty and longevity of your asphalt
- A smoother driveway is easier to keep clean!
- Seal your driveway when it is new , to keep it
- Fill all cracks and holes to prevent water from
getting into the foundation or base to prolong decay!
- "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound
Warning about Coal Tar Emulsion
Coal Tar product are know to track on certain types of flooring.
Congolium flooring is one material which can cause Coal Tar sealers to
stick to your shoes and track into your home. It can become a nuisance
for the homeowners that have synthetic flooring.
Gilsonite sealers are one alternative to Coal Tar
sealers. It can be installed as long as Coal Tar has never been
applied. Unlike Coal Tar which dries flat black, Gilsonite has a
shine, but the shine will only last for a few months and Gilsonite
products are more expensive.
But you won't be able to use ordinary driveway
sealer on these. There are about a dozen colors available in
acrylic. However they do need to have a clear coat applied over
them. Sometimes a base or prep coat needs to be applied
first. Crack fillers also have to be purchased to match.
These systems are very expensive, therefore, I like to keep them on the
tennis and basketball playing courts, where there is no worrying about
transmission or oil spills!