Why Slurry Seals Are Essential for Pavement Preservation

A ‘slurry seal’ refers to a mixture of components applied to an asphalt surface to preserve the underlying surface. The mixture includes asphalt emulsion, additives, water, and aggregate (small crushed rocks). The primary goal of the slurry seal is to conceal cracks and hard spots on an asphalt surface and make it appear new again. The YouTube video highlights, in more detail, what it is and what it’s used for.

Slurry Seals Explained

A thin layer is applied to an asphalt surface and spread around with specialized equipment to cover the entire space. This creates a protective layer on top of the asphalt.

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Slurry seals are effective if the underlying surface only has minor cracks with low to moderate distress. There are several benefits to applying a slurry seal.

The first and most obvious benefit is an improved surface appearance. It fills cracks, seals the surface, and eliminates any minor imperfections. The second benefit is that this is a cost-effective option for maintenance. You won’t need to replace the entire surface as long as the damage is minor. Thirdly, the application process is fast, and there’s little disruption to traffic.

Lastly, a slurry seal offers water resistance and moisture protection. If you’re considering maintenance to your asphalt driveway, you may want to look at a slurry seal. It’s quick, inexpensive, and a great option for maintenance.


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