Importance of Sand Additives in Asphalt Sealing

Asphalt sealer purchased from a manufacturer is not ready made for application. Asphalt contractors should prepare the sealer by adding water, silica sand and an additive for the best results.

Adding sand and additives to sealer means better results for your asphalt surface. So, when choosing an asphalt contractor, make sure that this preparation is part of their process.

Without this critical step, the asphalt sealer will be very slippery. Rainfall and even small amounts of water will cause the surface to be more dangerous to drive and walk on. The slippery asphalt can be a safety risk, causing accidents that may pose a litigation risk.

The safety aspect of using sand in the asphalt sealant has to do with increases traction. The sand makes it much easier to drive on your asphalt surface during bad weather.

There’s also the fact that using sand and other additives makes your asphalt more durable. This saves you money in the long run and helps keep your road or parking lot in good working condition for a longer period than you would otherwise get.

This, among other reasons, is why respectable asphalt contractors always use sand additives in their sealant. Choosing to forgo sand can even result in potential lawsuits against property owners and asphalt contractors.

Sand additives on a resealed parking lot

The Benefits

Using sand in sealant has a lot of benefits. Here are just a few of them:
• Increases solid content
• Improves skid resistance
• Improves durability
• Reduces sun glare
• Improves appearance of minor deformities

Latex additives also have a host of benefits for your asphalt. They include:
• The ability to use larger sand volumes
• Long-lasting results
• Dries quickly
• More appealing dark color
• Enables sealer to better bond with the pavement

What We Have To Offer

Are you looking to have your asphalt driveway or parking lot resealed? You came to the right place! Pro Drive Asphalt Maintenance does work all throughout Northwest Indiana. We do other services as well. Give us a call at (219) 324-4755, and we’ll be happy to give you a free quote for your project! If you’re interested in our other services, you can find them here.