The Step-By-Step Seal Coating Process

Seal coating is a process that protects asphalt or concrete surfaces, such as driveways or parking lots. It’s usually done either using a spray or a squeegee method, according to the Seal Coating Association. Let’s take a closer look at the step-by-step process of seal coating.

1. Thorough Cleaning

Before a professional starts this process, the surface is thoroughly cleaned and left to dry. Any loose debris, dirt, and rocks will be removed. Typically, a stiff broom and a water hose are used to flush away any loose debris and will help prep the surface. A clean, dry surface is best for the application process.

It can take up to 24 hours for the surface to fully dry, especially if the surface was very dirty and needed to be pressure washed to remove dirt and grime. Some materials, like concrete, are more porous than others, which can delay the drying time. Drying time can be relative to the weather, so it’s best to plan this service for a hot sunny day.

2. Surface Is Checked For Cracks

Your driveway or parking lot must be examined for cracks and chips before the team you hire starts seal coating it. The cracks or chips will be repaired before the process begins to ensure the surface is restored to a brand-new condition.

3. Proper Coating Is Mixed for Application

There are different types of coating options a team can apply. When deciding which type of coating you want to choose, keep the price and warranties in mind. Once you pick the coating option you think is best, it’ll be mixed and applied to the surface. You can discuss your options with the team you hire and figure out which one is right for your project.

4. Coating is Applied

Finally, the coating will be applied to the surface. Depending on the type of coating, it can be applied using a spray gun or poured. If it’s poured, a squeegee will be used to spread the coating. Both application methods will spread the coating evenly across the surface to get a smooth, glass-like finish.

Once the coating is applied, it’s left to dry for up to 24 hours. It can typically be walked on before the 24 hours is up but cars and other vehicles shouldn't be driven on the surface within that time.

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