Why Sealcoating Works on Cape Cod!

Why Sealcoating Works on Cape Cod!

parking-lot-striping-montpelier-vtAsphalt is an excellent paving material. It is attractive, durable, environmentally friendly and economical. However, it (like all paving materials) can be damaged and needs to be maintained properly to attain its full lifespan. One of the most important parts of maintaining asphalt pavement is having sealant applied soon after installing the pavement, and then having sealcoating reapplied every two to five years. This is a very cost-effective way to prolong the life of your asphalt and keep it looking great.

Sealcoating is a liquid that is applied to asphalt pavement with a sprayer or “squeegee.” The liquid fills in the pores in the asphalt and dries to form a protective barrier. To explain why sealcoating works so well, it might be helpful to discuss the three primary benefits that sealants offer. They are damage protection, appearance enhancement and convenience.

Damage Protection

Your asphalt pavement is under attack every day. Cars can leak oil and other fluids that soften the pavement and cause cracks and/or potholes to form. Harmful UV rays can make asphalt brittle and age it prematurely, causing cracking. Water can use cracks and potholes to penetrate the pavement and erode the base, robbing the pavement of its strength and causing alligatored areas, cracks and potholes. When water freezes, it expands, causing even more damage to the pavement.

Sealcoating helps protect asphalt from automotive leaks and shields it from UV rays. Sealants also help prevent water from penetrating the surface, but equally important is their ability to help prevent the formation of the cracks and potholes that water can exploit to reach the base.

Appearance Enhancement

Over time, asphalt can fade and lose its rich color. Much fading is caused by UV rays, which sealcoating can screen out. Sealcoating can help restore the appearance of faded asphalt, and in many cases, it can make it look new or nearly new. Sealcoating also fills in small gouges or other imperfections to give the pavement a smoother appearance.


Asphalt sealcoating creates a smoother pavement. This makes sweeping, stain removal and power washing more effective, faster and easier. Ice and snow will melt faster on a sealed surface than on an unsealed one. This can save you time and effort spent on clearing your pavement.

If you would like to have your asphalt pavement sealcoated, the professionals at MCE Dirtworks can help. We have over two decades of experience serving our customers in the Cape Cod area. We are a paving and excavation company with the expertise to provide quality work, whether you need a driveway repaired, a parking lot striped, a road built or a building demolished. If you would like a free quote, you can send us your details by submitting our online form. If you prefer, you can call us at 508-240-5541.