Asphalt Sealcoating Versus Asphalt Overlay – What's The Difference

Atlanta Asphalt Seal Coating Services

As an Atlanta consumer with no real knowledge of the asphalt industry, would you be able to explain the differences between asphalt overlay and sealcoating More than likely, the answer is no and there is nothing wrong with that. It's the job of a professional to know this, but then how will you know what to ask for or what you need?

It is easy to not be able to distinguish the difference; both involve asphalt and are actually similar processes. However, it never hurts to be a well-informed customer, so you know exactly what to ask for and exactly what you are getting.

Knowing What You Need

The easiest way to understand the differences between sealcoating and overlay, is simply to give a basic overview of what each one is and does.

Think of sealcoating as what you do when you paint the exterior of your home. You are giving it a protective surface layer, but you must first address any existing problems below that layer. In other words, you should still address the need for filling larger cracks before adding a sealer. By doing so, you have a much better chance of preventing water from penetrating the asphalt. Adding sealcoat offers a shiny surface that helps reduce the likelihood of water infiltrating the surface. This is a cost-effective manner in which to maintain the integrity and appearance of your asphalt, enhance the performance and promote longevity.

Overlay is usually the term used when you need to patch a section of asphalt. This is commonly used where there may be a pothole or cracks. Yet the damage is not extensive enough to require replacement. This is a good way of prolonging the lifespan of your asphalt surfaces, while maintaining the integrity, before finally moving forward with total replacement.

Hopefully this gives you a better overview of the two services, enough to make it clear which one you should be requesting.

Working With the Industry Experts

For well over 15 years now, Asphalt By Design has been providing local clients with the best possible service for the best possible results. This begins by letting you in on the process, educating you about what you need and then taking care of the job for you. We want you to feel confident about the work you get done, which should include getting the information you need, as well.

If you are looking for an asphalt seal coating contractor in the Atlanta area then please call 678-463-5583 or complete our online request form.