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Flooring Category: Asphalt Flooring

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How to apply asphalt sealer, some things to consider.

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In properly planning for the application of asphalt sealer, there are many things to consider, and they include the following:

  • Do the sealing during the right weather. Asphalt sealing will not react appropriately to temperatures of anything below 55°.  Though, while the temperature should be above 55°, it should not be extremely high, as extremely high temperatures tend to cause adverse reactions to the sealer, including the drying out of it too fast.  So, the temperature should be mildly warm without also any rain, as rain can also pose problems, including the washing off of the sealer, etc.

  • Clean the asphalt surface for sealing preparation.   The sealer will not adhere correctly with debris scattered about the asphalt surface.  Use a broom and even a power washer to make your asphalt clean of debris right before you apply the sealer.

  • Protect your shoes.  Even if you're in your work shoes, you'll want to protect these shoes because they will get awfully messy, more so than with practically any other kind of product.  Sealers contain sticky substances, including emulsified asphalt, which can be very tricky to remove, if at all in their entirety off your shoes.  So, securely fasten plastic around your shoes with duct tape, such as grocery bags or hefty bags, making sure you tightly form such bags around your shoes so as not to potentially trip over loose bags around you.

  • How many seal layers should you apply? Some say one layer of sealer is enough whereas others say two layers of seal are better. Whatever you find is the appropriate amount of layers of sealer in your environment, you should remember that as you apply more and more layers of sealer, you progressively increase your chance of such sealer's cracking, flaking and otherwise peeling.

These are some things you should consider in planning for the application of asphalt sealer.

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