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Is Thicker Sealer Better? :: Sealcoating Tips from My Pavement Guy

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The decision to sealcoat an asphalt surface is an easy one. After all, the cost of sealcoating is only pennies a square yard versus repairs and rehabilitation, which can be as much as twenty times higher. What does confuse many business owners and property managers is the amount of sealer needed.

The more the merrier, right? Well, no.

Bigger is not always better. And the same goes for thickness…especially when talking about sealcoating. When it comes to the application of sealer, thicker is definitely not better. Sealer is not meant to be applied in thick patches.

Disadvantages of Thick Sealer

  • Thick coats don’t cure evenly
  • They are prone to tracking and can lead to surface cracks
  • A thicker coat takes longer to cure, which can lead to degradation
  • Thicker coats will reduce the life of your sealcoating

A thick sealcoating will not provide your parking lot with more protection. It actually has the opposite effect. Sealer manufacturers set specific mix designs for their product; when these specifications are not adhered to, the product will not perform as intended.

One of the easiest ways to tell if a parking lot has been over-sealed is if the lot has no texture. An asphalt parking lot should never look smooth, the texture of the below asphalt should be visible.

Avoid the typical more is better thinking —with sealer, thicker is not better!

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“There are many different sealcoating options available to property managers and owners today than there were when I started in the Industry,” said PTG Enterprises owner Patrick T. Gillen III. “This works to the advantage of the property and to the pavement. Now, depending on the current condition of the asphalt, I have the ability to recommend several different options depending on the condition of the lot, previous maintenance schedules and budgets.”

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