What Are the Differences Between Asphalt Overlay and Asphalt Sealcoat?

Differences Between Asphalt Overlay & Sealcoat Grand Rapids

The major difference between sealcoating and asphalt overlay is that a sealcoat is used as a preventative measure. Sealcoating acts much like a fresh coat of paint. It protects the surface of your asphalt parking lot or driveway from UV rays, precipitation, and automobile fluids. An asphalt pavement overlay is a fresh layer of asphalt used to patch over pavement that has cracked or potholed. For more on asphalt sealcoating and asphalt overlays and how both can prolong the life of your asphalt surface, keep reading. 

Asphalt Overlay Things to Know

Think of an asphalt overlay as a patch.

While it is possible to pave over small cracks and potholes with the asphalt overlay process, asphalt overlays aren’t a permanent solution. Any underlying cracks and potholes will show up in the new surface within a year or two. 

For the best results, we recommend calling a licensed asphalt contractor to fill cracks and repair potholes in an asphalt road or driveway. Asphalt overlay on concrete pavement is possible too, but we don’t recommend it. Just putting a fresh coat of asphalt overlay on concrete won’t solve the structural problems happening beneath the surface. This means more cracks and issues could arise within a few months.

When it’s time to replace your concrete driveway with asphalt, talk with us about making sure it gets done right. 

Asphalt Sealcoating Things to Know

Asphalt sealcoating will give your asphalt pavement a rich black color so it looks new. This is perfect for driveways that don’t have underlying cracks or asphalt repairs needed.

To get the full benefits of asphalt sealcoating, we recommend you apply sealcoating within the first 1-3 years of your initial asphalt installation. If more than three years have passed, you may still be able to do sealcoating however, please know that all asphalt cracks and potholeswill need to be repaired before doing so to ensure quality. 

As a known professional asphalt sealcoating company, we know what goes into the process, and we have all the necessary asphalt sealcoating tools to get the job done right. Nothing’s worse than putting time, energy, and money into a task yourself and realizing you’ll have to do it again next year just to make your driveway look clean. 

Should I Get an Asphalt Overlay or an Asphalt Sealcoat?

Sealcoating driveways and parking lots are pavement’s best defense against UV rays, rain, snow, and automobile fluids. 

If you have recently repaved a driveway or commercial parking lot, you’ll want to invest in sealcoating rather than an overlay. Sealcoating is also a good idea if you have recently repaired all the cracks and potholes in your driveway.

Asphalt overlays are best used as temporary fixes to cracks and potholes. If your parking lot or driveway is starting to reach the end of its natural lifespan (approximately 20 years), you may not mind that the asphalt overlay will only buy you another one to two years. Asphalt overlays are best for pavements that have sustained damage but aren’t ready for a full asphalt pavement replacement just yet.

Need an Asphalt Update?

If you are noticing signs of pavement distress, you’ll need to call an asphalt repair contractor as soon as possible. The longer you wait to repair asphalt cracks and potholes, the more you’ll have to pay in repairs. A-1 Asphalt Inc. is a Grand Rapids asphalt paving company that strives to help customers maintain the appearance and function of asphalt surfaces. If you are interested in our asphalt overlay or asphalt sealcoating services, feel free to reach out and contact us online or by phone at (800) 871-4401.