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How Snow Affects Your Paved Driveways…What To Do


Winters can be brutal on the east coast and snow can wreak havoc on your driveway and parking lot, but don’t let it. If your driveway and parking lot have been properly installed and maintained, then it shouldn’t cause many problems with your asphalt surface. The great thing about asphalt is that it absorbs heat from the sun thereby melting snow and ice quicker than other surfaces. Whereas, traditional pavement surfaces can lead to rapid water runoff, pooling water and even flooding conditions and drainage problems.

  • Snow Plows scrape along your pavement and can cause damage to your driveway and parking lot. Usually commercial and municipal snowplow operators set their blades high enough as to avoid damage. However, if you hired an inexperienced driver, they will likely scrape off the top surface of the asphalt during the plowing and/or shoveling process; shovels can even be too sharp. The sealer gets stripped and it exposes unsealed aggregate. Once winter is over, we can apply the needed sealcoat application to restore your pavement to its original appearance. Sealcoating FAQs
  • Freezing and Thawing. Remove snow and ice from your driveway as soon as possible; due to the incessant freezing/thawing process and temperature changes, it can cause cracks which will most probably develop into dangerous potholes.
  • Deicers. You can use deicers, but beware and use them sparingly, due to increased risk of damage to asphalt surfaces not to mention the environmental impact the deicing agents cause. Deicers work by lowering the freezing point of water and melting snow and ice on the surface.

Contact an experienced and reputable paving contractor to determine what they recommend for your type of pavement. Get a Free Estimate for Paving Repairs from S&G Asphalt Service Call 1-800-SEALCOAT.

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What is Sealcoating? Facts to Know

If you live in an area with extreme weather temperatures, such as the New Jersey – Pennsylvania area, your asphalt driveways, parking lots, walkways and roads need to be maintained. Without proper maintenance, the weather and the weight of vehicles during the freeze/ thaw cycle makes asphalt expand and contract, which causing cracks and pot holes. Cracking allows water to penetrate the surface, continuing deterioration. Not to mention the hazardous pedestrian traffic areas, which could present a liability to you as the owner of the property. Sealcoating should be a part of your home or business’ preventative maintenance program.

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  • effectively enhances the melting process of ice and snow on your pavement surfaces. Spend less time worrying about potential slip and fall accidents.
  • protects and prolongs the life expectancy of asphalt pavement by filling surface damage and providing a protective layer to keep out damaging oil and vehicle fluids, water and the sun’s UV rays.
  • saves you time and money in the long run, because when your driveway or parking lot are properly maintained and sealed, it will extend its lifetime and reduce long-term repair costs.
  • will enhance the appearance making it appear and wear like new, because exposure to UV rays and oxidation causes the asphalt pavement to fade.
  • we recommend that the air and pavement temperature be at least 50 degrees during and for 8 hours following the sealcoating application to ensure a proper sealcoating process.

Protect your investment. So, if you spend a little today, you will Save a lot later.

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6 Things Property Managers and Owners Should Know About Sealcoating

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A long-term approach pavement maintenance plan will not only build strong visual appeal, it will extend the life of your parking lot. Routine maintenance helps property managers reduce costs and liabilities. A well laid out and visible parking lot minimizes hazards and risks. Sealcoating is the most important element of a maintenance plan that will attract patrons and reduce costs.

  1. Protect from oxidation. Asphalt is made of rock and asphalt binder, these materials become brittle in oxidized conditions and will crack and deteriorate prematurely. Sealcoating provides protection from oxygen and UV rays, which extends the life of the asphalt.
  2. Attract existing and prospective customers. Sealcoated pavement promotes the black appearance of brand new asphalt, A well maintained parking lot makes an excellent first impression, promoting the image of your business and property. Those passing by and visitors will surely notice. Parking lot sealcoating is an affordable way to attract prospective clients and will keep your asphalt in suitable condition. These treatments are applied in separate mobilizations to avoid inconveniencing patrons.
  3. Oil and Gas Resistance. Sealcoating serves as a barrier against the penetration of oil and vehicle fluids. The coal tar utilized in the sealcoating application are impermeable to oil and gas spills, which has been proven to soften pavement that isn’t sealed. Oil and gas spills on parking surfaces are hazardous, due to lack of traction and result in trip/fall hazards.
  4. Much easier to keep clean. Sealcoating, along with a routine maintenance plan creates a smooth barrier that makes the parking lot much easier to remove snow, blow off leaves, and remove debris.
  5. Reduce cracks and weather damage. The weight of traffic and conditions during the freeze/thaw cycle makes asphalt expand and contract, which causes cracks to form. Cracking allows water to penetrate the surface, continuing deterioration. Sealcoating enhances the flexibility and prevents weather damage.
  6. Sealcoating Extends the Life of Parking Lot Paving. Sealcoating every 3-5 years, is a cost-effective way for property owners and managers to protect their investment. When sealing is routinely done, you will notice the savings overtime.

Sealcoating will reduce your liability, cut down on snow removal times, show your customers you care about your property’s appearance, and assist in preventing future pot holes, and cracks. Save Money on Commercial & Residential Paving and Sealcoating.

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How to Tell When You Need to Sealcoat or Install a New Driveway


Sealcoat. Sealcoating is a protective coating meant to prolong the life of asphalt. The seal coat is protecting your asphalt from oxidation; the sun evaporates the oils from the asphalt creating voids in the asphalt. Unfortunately, these voids will eventually become so large, they will begin to form linear cracks. If left unchecked or repaired, these cracks will eventually turn into pot holes. The sealer is applied over the top of your asphalt so, instead of the driveway getting damaged by the sun and oxidation, the sealer would sustain the damage. Therefore, we recommend resealing a driveway every 3-5 years.

Alligator cracks. If the driveway has areas where the pavement is rutted or severely broken, and the pavement looks like the back of an alligator, time to consider new asphalt driveway installation, because when the asphalt gets to that point it would be a waste of time and money to crack seal it more.

If you chose to crack seal over a patch of alligator cracks, basically it would turn the area into a continuous sheet of crack sealing rubber. Then in warmer weather, vehicle tires will adhere to this area and literally pull the pavement out of the driveway. 

Drainage. Take a good look at the cracking, see if the driveway drainage works properly. Significant pavement cracking enables water to seep into the base, thus accelerating the cracking during the freeze-thaw times of the year. If any water flows towards foundations, doors, or other unwanted areas, we recommend a new driveway.

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