Asphalt Sealcoating vs. Resurfacing: What’s Right for You?

Asphalt is an excellent paving option that is sustainable and affordable, but unfortunately there is no paving option that lasts indefinitely. While asphalt pavement does have a long life with appropriate care and maintenance, asphalt can start to look worn and aged. Your asphalt might have faded, gained oil spots, or feature cracks or dips where water collects. Thankfully, there are options when it comes to restoring your asphalt pavement to look like it’s new. An experienced asphalt paver like Tucker Paving can let you know if sealcoating, resurfacing, or asphalt pavement replacement are in order.

Sealcoating vs. Resurfacing

Both sealcoating and resurfacing can restore your asphalt pavement to looking like new, but they have different purposes. Sealcoating should be part of the regular maintenance of your asphalt pavement, and it can give your asphalt an instant facelift.

During the sealcoating process, a thin coating of a tar-like liquid is spread over the top of existing asphalt. Sealcoating can cover up faded asphalt, returning your asphalt to that black like-new look. It can also cover up oil stains and other blemishes. 

Sealcoating protects your asphalt from the sun’s damaging UV rays, water, and dirt and debris. It cannot repair cracks or low spots. Sealcoating should be done every three to five years.

Resurfacing is an option that can address minor repair needs. Small cracks and low spots can be patched or filled in, and then another layer of asphalt called an overlay, is added to the top of the existing asphalt pavement. Mino1r flaws in the existing asphalt pavement can be fixed with resurfacing; most pavement needs to be resurfaced every 15 years or so.

While both sealcoating and resurfacing are excellent options for restoring your asphalt pavement, not all asphalt problems can be fixed with these methods. Unfortunately, sometimes asphalt damage can be so extensive—and stem from problems with the base or irrigation—that your asphalt pavement must be completely replaced. An experienced asphalt paver will be able to judge which option is best for your asphalt.

Tucker Paving has over 25 years of experience in the?concrete and asphalt paving?construction?industry, and we offer sealcoating, pavement resurfacing, and asphalt repair and replacement.?Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or?contact us online, for your next project!??