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How Sand Improves the Safety of Sealed Pavement

2011-09-21_10-24-59_366Sealcoating professionals are often surprised to learn that many customers do not understand the need for sand in the sealant mix. Some people think that adding sand somehow makes the sealant less desirable. In reality, a sealant mixed without sand is the inferior product. Professionals always add sand to the sealcoating mix to provide a finished product that delivers quality results.

How Sand Improves the Safety of Sealed Pavement

The most important benefit that sand provides is that it makes the sealed pavement safer. Sand reduces glare that can distract drivers or impair their vision. Adding sand also enhances traction and makes the sealed pavement less slippery. The safety benefits provided by adding sand to the mix mean that property owners reduce their risk of lawsuits resulting from damaged vehicles or injured pedestrians.

Other Benefits of Adding Sand

Sand makes sealcoating last longer. Sealants without sand deteriorate much faster and can quickly be worn away by normal traffic.

Adding sand also improves the appearance of the pavement after the sealcoating has cured. The sand helps fill in minor flaws in the pavement, including hairline cracks.

The Right Sand Is Critical

The contractor must use sand with grains that are the correct size; if the sand grains are too large, traffic will dislodge them, and they will grind away at the sealcoating. If the sand is too fine, it can absorb more water than it should, throwing the ratio of solids to liquids out of proportion.

The sand must also be kept in suspension. Much like sugar added to a glass of water, the particles will begin to fall out of suspension if they are not agitated. This means that the sand will not be distributed evenly throughout the sealcoating and the overall quality of the job will be affected.

Why Hire Us for Your Sealcoating Needs

Driveway Sealing Call Frank has been providing customers in Fairfield and New Haven counties with superior commercial and driveway sealcoating work since 1998. We also offer asphalt driveway paving and repair, asphalt curbing, infrared pothole repair, parking lot striping and more. We provide quality solutions at affordable prices. If you would like to request a free consultation or estimate, you can submit the online form or call us at (203) 378-0080 or (800) DRIVEWAY.

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My home in Orange has a very long, uphill and curving driveway that had many alligator cracks and other problems over 18 years of use. Frank’s asphalt heating and curing process did an excellent job to refinish the driveway and get it looking nearly like new.

It was not all roses, however, since some of the work was done in the late Fall and the seal coating over certain areas could not be done over the Winter. In the early Spring, the driveway looked very patchy. However, Frank and his team came back in two days and not only completed the promised work but went beyond our agreement to assure my satisfaction. I met Frank 3 times in this process and I can say without reservation that he is an honest man who stands behind his work.

Mark Nordstrom, Orange, CT

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