Factors in How Long Asphalt Seal Coating Lasts

Factors in How Long Asphalt Seal Coating Lasts

Feb 26 2024

Knowing the expected lifespan of a given product and the factors that affect said lifespan is often important for a few reasons, and a great example here is when having any kind of seal coating applied to your property’s asphalt surfaces. Seal coating is one of the top ways to protect asphalt from various risks, and knowing how long you can expect it to last – and which variables impact this timeline – plays a major role in long-term surface maintenance. 

At Asphalt Masters, we’re here to provide a wide range of asphalt contractor services for clients around Ogden, UT, including asphalt seal coating, asphalt repair and more. Here are some basics on the average expected lifespan for asphalt seal coating products, plus the key factors that tend to influence this lifespan and what you can do to maximize it for any asphalt surface on your property.

What is Asphalt Sealer?

For those just learning about our asphalt paving services for the first time, seal coating refers to a defensive layer that’s added on top of various asphalt surfaces. Sealing is generally done after paving or when a new surface has been laid, though it can also be applied to older asphalt surfaces that are still relatively healthy.

Seal coating is designed to add an extra layer of protection against various types of damage, including weathering from the sun’s rays, chemical spills and other risks. It will also give your asphalt great aesthetic appeal and enhance the durability of your asphalt surface.

Average Lifespan

While there’s a range depending on several factors, you can expect a quality seal coating to last around 3-4 years before requiring any reapplication for most residential properties. For commercial properties, because there can be higher traffic and other stresses, the lifespan may be reduced by a year or two. The more neglectful and aggressive you are with your asphalt surface after seal coating, the shorter the lifespan will be.

Our next several sections will go over the key factors that tend to influence this lifespan, plus what you can do to optimize yours. 

Traffic Levels

As we just alluded to above, the more traffic an asphalt surface sees, the faster it will wear down. This means that commercial properties with heavy vehicle or foot traffic will usually need more frequent seal coating applications than residential areas. There are also variations within these categories – for instance, there may be a single family home with a long driveway and multiple vehicles that requires more frequent sealing due to heavy use.

As you’re considering traffic levels as they relate to seal coating lifespan, be thinking long-term. If you anticipate increased traffic in the future due to kids or other factors, this might influence your decision on how often to seal.

Weather Factors

Another key variable that plays a big role in asphalt surface and seal coating wear is the weather. Sun exposure can cause cracking or fading of asphalt surfaces over time, and this can be accelerated in hot climates. Chemicals from vehicles or other sources can also damage the seal coating over time – including de-icing agents used in winter months.

In addition, moisture levels are important to consider before sealing asphalt surfaces. If it’s a rainy season or you’re expecting rain soon after a seal coating application, it may not bond properly and therefore, there could be a shortened lifespan. For this reason and several related ones, it’s often best to consult with our team at Asphalt Masters for advising on the timing of your seal coating application.

Stains

One of the key areas that seal coating looks to reduce the risks of is stains on your asphalt surface, and there are several types that can be affected. Fluids from cars or other vehicles, oil, gas or other chemicals can all create unattractive spots on surfaces, plus potentially degrade them over time.

To avoid these issues during seal coating application and after it’s complete, make sure you’re working with our professionals at Asphalt Masters. We’ll provide you with seal coating products that are resistant to a range of common stains and chemicals.

Maintenance & Repair

Finally, perhaps the single biggest factor in both asphalt surface lifespan after sealing and its quality while in place is maintenance. Regularly cleaning surfaces, looking for cracks or other issues and repairing these as they pop up will all play major roles in the long-term viability of your surface. Don’t be afraid to call us for help with maintenance or repairs at any time.

As you can see, there are several key factors to keep in mind when it comes to seal coating lifespan. For any of our asphalt services in Ogden, UT or surrounding areas, including seal coating and others, speak to the staff at Asphalt Masters today. We’re here to help!