About Seal Coating
Asphalt Sealing, or seal coating, is simply laying a thin protective layer over asphalt-based pavement to give it a protective layer of protection against the elements: oil, water, and U.V. The positive effects of asphalt sealing have long been debated. Some claim that asphalt sealing increases the lifespan of the pavement, but again, there’s no evidence that backs up those claims. Asphalt sealing can damage the pavement by creating cracks. The excessive water and oil that can be soaked into the asphalt also weaken its structural integrity. And the chemical fumes emitted during asphalt sealing can also be harmful to humans.
With all of that in mind, it’s not surprising that many business owners, when they set out to perform asphalt sealing, opt to go the non-per square foot route. The costs are much lower, often no more than a few cents per square foot. And the benefits of lower cost and improved performance are well-known. After all, if you want to save money, you want to reduce your operation costs.
But that brings us to our next question: Are asphalt sealing pads a good solution for parking lots, blacktop driveways, or other paved surfaces? As with any typical maintenance procedure, regular maintenance is the best way to reduce the cost of asphalt sealing. Sealing at least annually will help keep dust, pollen, and other pollutants from making their way onto your paved surfaces. It will also help protect your driveway from water damage, as well as mold and algae growth, both of which cause a lot of problems to homeowners.
Now let’s look at how often you should reseal your asphalt surfaces, especially if you’re going to go the non-per square foot route. The key, again, is regular maintenance. And as it turns out, the best time to perform asphalt sealing and resealing are during the cold winter months. There’s even been some recent evidence suggesting that the best time for asphalt sealing and resealing is during the fall when temperatures are quite low.
Why is that? Fall is when most asphalt-based park finishes and protective coatings need to be applied. Asphalt-based park finishes are very weather-resistant, but that doesn’t mean that they’re impervious to the elements. The rainy spring weather can still cause problems, as can heavy snow, ice, and even dew. So, by applying the protective coatings only during the wet winter months, you’ll be doing your park and business no favors, and in the end, your asphalt sealing and resealing efforts will be wasted.
Here’s why: Asphalt seal coats are extremely dense. Think about asphalt sealing and resealing – it’s the same product, just in a different form. And that means that you have to apply a lot less of it to achieve the same degree of protection. That’s why a lot of asphalt maintenance and repair companies (which specialize in asphalt sealing and resealing) will advise you to apply a minimum of three or four gallons of asphalt-based protectant per square foot of paved area. In other words, if you have a parking lot of ten thousand square feet, you’d want to apply three gallons per every twenty-five feet of the paved area.
If you were to apply that kind of service to your asphalt driveway, you could expect to pay anywhere from three to five dollars per square foot. Now consider that the average cost of asphalt sealing and resealing is only about two or three dollars per square foot. Multiply those two by the number of feet of asphalt you’re going to need to cover (per your parking lot, for example), and you quickly come to understand how much asphalt sealing and resealing would cost you. Applying the service yourself would cost you at least a thousand dollars or more. Not very appealing, I’d say.
But, don’t give up just yet – there are other ways to protect your asphalt driveway seal coating and resealing investment, and they won’t cost you nearly as much, so don’t rule them out just yet. One of those ways is called flashings, which are like raised bumps along the edge of your driveway that will serve as an additional traction aid when you drive over it. The average cost of installing these would be about two hundred dollars, with the total installed cost running into the thousands. Another less expensive alternative is a thin film of asphalt seal coating that has a plastic protective layer between it and the ground, as opposed to flashing. It’s about as thick as standard asphalt, which would then have to be applied to your asphalt driveway seal coating and resurfacing project in much the same way.
About Oakville, Missouri
Oakville is a census-designated place (CDP) in south St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 36,301 at the 2020 census. Oakville is 18 miles south of the city of St. Louis and borders the Mississippi and Meramec rivers; the area is part of "South County" (south St. Louis County).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 30.93 square miles (80.11 km), of which 15.93 square miles (41.26 km2) is land and 1.80 square miles (4.66 km) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 36,143 people, 13,788 households, and 10,511 families living in the CDP. The population density was 2,268.9 inhabitants per square mile (876.0/km2). There were 14,314 housing units at an average density of 898.6 per square mile (347.0/km). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.0% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 13,788 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.4% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 23.8% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.02.
The median age in the CDP was 43.7 years. 22.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 33.9% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the CDP was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 35,309 people, 12,530 households, and 9,923 families living in the CDP. The population density was 2,196.4 inhabitants per square mile (848.0/km2). There were 12,791 housing units at an average density of 795.7 per square mile (307.2/km). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.19% White, 0.07% African American, 0.01% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.
There were 12,530 households, out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 17.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 27.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $68,248, and the median income for a family was $76,223 (these figures had risen to $73,027 and $87,568 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $52,123 versus $33,604 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $26,750. About 2.0% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
Oakville belongs entirely to the Mehlville School District (R-9) and the St. Louis County Special School District. Oakville High School and Mehlville High School are the two high schools in the Mehlville School District, but only Oakville High School is located in the Oakville area. Oakville Middle School is also located within the Mehlville School district. There are three Catholic grade schools in Oakville: St. Francis of Assisi, Queen of All Saints, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
St. Louis Community College's South County Education and University Center is located off Meramec Bottom Road at Lemay Ferry Road.
The St. Louis County Library Cliff Cave Branch is in Oakville CDP.