Are you in the early stages of asphalt deterioration? Noticing your asphalt gradually changing into a gray color? Now is the perfect time for preventative maintenance. By acting now, you’ll be able to extend the lifespan of your asphalt pavement structures by years. Slurry Seal and Sealcoating all sound very similar and often confuse people. Here’s what they are and why they’re needed.

Slurry Seal is a cold-mixed, commercial grade treatment for asphalt pavement that has already begun raveling. Perfect for asphalt pavement structures with mild cracking. Although it’s another great cost-effective alternative to asphalt with raveling, it’ll sometimes be recommended by your contractor to perform asphalt repair or Crack Sealing before slurry seal depending on the severity of the cracking.

Sealcoating is a preventative coating that goes over an existing asphalt structure to protect it from oxidation and degradation, it’s also what gives your asphalt pavement that sleek black finish. This will effectively increase the lifespan of your asphalt for years to come, but should be reapplied every 2-3 years to prevent your asphalt aging and cracking.

So those are the differences. Slurry seal is a cold mixed repair alternative for asphalt, and sealcoating is a protective maintenance for your asphalt pavement structure.