Most basic asphalt today is derived from crude oil, or more succinctly, bitumen, which is the material left after the process of refining gasoline, kerosene, and naptha from the crude oil and then mixed with other compounds. Asphalts, although highly complex, are not well characterized. The life span of asphalt depends on a lot of factors including base/aggregate materials, temperatures, moisture, and aging. As these different factors start to show their affects on the asphalts the first signs are changes in color, from black to a light gray and then they it begins to crack and crumble. Asphalts are used on roads, parking lots, and blacktop paved driveways and constitute a huge expense to private business and homeowners. Business owners, and homeowners, that have paved parking lots or paved driveways, can save hundreds and even thousands of dollars by extending the life of the asphalt from 10 to up to 25 years! The way to accomplish this is sealcoating.
Sealcoating or Seal Coating puts a protective coating over asphalts and effectively seals it from most of the affects that break it down. There are two main types of seal coating material, one is made from asphalt and the other from refined coal tar. Refined coal tar sealcoatings, or C.T.P.E. or Coal Tar Pitch Emulsions were introduced in the 1950’s and are the primary choice today. More recently asphalt emulsion based coatings were introduced and are used with great successes. Asphalt emulsion sealcoats are usually preferred by most sealcoat providers because they are more “user-friendly” than the coal tar seal coatings because they are practically odorless, and they don’t burn or irritate skin.
Seal coating is a very important step, not only for long term maintenance, but also for those businesses needing line striping for their parking lots. Seal coating protects and prepares asphalt surfaces with the proper “foundation” for the best possible results when line striping.
- New asphalt
- Asphalt overlays
- Asphalt patching
- Coal Tar seal coating
- Asphalt emulsion seal coating
- Parking space striping
- Handicap spaces
- Traffic flow arrows
- Fire lane designations
Seal Coating/Asphalt Emulsion Services are ideal for many properties:
- Shopping centers and malls
- Restaurants, banks, churches
- Retail and convenience stores
- Office buildings and workplaces
- Parking garages
- Homes with blacktop paved driveways
FS Facility Services offers a complete line of Asphalt and parking lot services for everything from asphalt sealcoating, crack sealing and repair, to wheel stop blocks and parking lot signage. FS Facility Servicesdoes it all and we do it correctly, efficiently and affordably the first time and every time! Contact us today for a free, no-hassle quote.
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