Planning to switch from other sealer types to asphalt emulsion? Then you've come to the right place. We'll discuss what it is and why you should choose asphalt emulsion sealer for your next job.
What Matters: Way too often we hear the question, “Why does it matter what is used to seal asphalt?” First of all, the properties of the two types are different and it affects how they stand up to use. Secondly, how you buy and apply have challenges you need to be aware of.
Benefits of Asphalt Emulsion Blacktop Sealers:
Asphalt emulsion blacktop sealer is our top choice for asphalt sealers. This sealer is a mix of crude oil and additives, but the good news is that its VOC content is lower compared to its main rival, coal tar sealers. They also emit less odor, which is great if you're applying sealer in a residential area.
- Along with being more environmentally-friendly than coal tar sealers, it also does not irritate skin.
- There is a steadier supply of asphalt emulsion sealer.
- Dries blacker than coal tar, giving it a premium appearance.
- This material will need more frequent applications, which means more business for you and your company.
What to Keep in Mind for Asphalt Emulsion Sealers
Curing is negatively affected in high humidity. Temperature and humidity troubles mean a 24-hour dry time before a second coat can be applied. Make sure to apply it when the temperature is at 55°F and above.
When mixing the sealer, use a Ready-to-Use formula. If it's not ready to use, you must follow the manufacturer instructions to prevent it from turning into dirty water.
Asphalt Emulsion is not as thick as coal tar. Leave plenty of asphalt emulsion sealer on the surface. The solids will come together to seal the asphalt surface.
This material does show tire marks or scuffs. This is normal, however, and will fade with time.
How many coats should you apply? For residential, one solid coat of asphalt emulsion is effective. For commercial, two coats are recommended.
Do I Need to Use Additives or Sand with Asphalt Emulsion?
Additives and sand aren't necessary. There are several additives on the market that will help asphalt emulsion dry quicker and look darker. Sand will strengthen the asphalt emulsion mixture. To use either additives or sand, you should apply by hand or with the powerful air-operated AirBoss 300 spray system.
The Verdict on Asphalt Emulsion Sealer
There you have it, a short discussion on why asphalt emulsion is the best choice for your sealcoating business. If you wish to know more about this product or you need a quote, simply reach out to us via phone or email.
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