The Difference Between Sealcoating and Resurfacing

When your commercial asphalt lot begins to show signs of aging, such as cracking, fading, unevenness, and more, it could be time to have it repaired. In the paving industry, there are two primary options for this kind of asphalt repair: sealcoating and resurfacing. Although there are also options for micro-surfacing, milling, and similar solutions, most often, good condition pavement with some minor wear and tear can be renovated with these two common options.

Continue reading to learn the difference between sealcoating and resurfacing, as well as, how to make the best choice for your commercial pavement.

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Sealcoating is a preventative application meant to protect the surface of pavement, thus extending its life and the quality of its performance. It involves applying one or two layers of asphalt material, known as sealant, for the purpose of protecting cracks, gaps, and other vulnerable or permeable areas. If you have ever seen a stunning, perfectly smoothed-out blacktop,you have seen a proper sealcoating job.

But even though sealcoating delivers an exceptional curb appeal, it is also one of the most important parts of asphalt maintenance. In fact, it is recommended to have your commercial asphalt lot resealed every 3 to5 years, depending on the amount of traffic your lot gets and the extent of inclement weather in your region. See our blog, “Frequently Asked Questions about Sealcoating” to learn more about the process and its advantages.


Resurfacing asphalt is also known as overlaying. Overlays are a great option for lots that have extensive surface damage that cannot just be filled in and evened out with sealant. Resurfacing involves tilling up and removing the top few inches of asphalt, and replacing it with new material. Essentially,it is like installing a new asphalt surface, but without all the ground work.

Many property owners enjoy the cost-effectiveness and instant gratification of asphalt overlays, which is why they are a common serviced provided by pavement repair companies. In contrast to resealing, an asphalt lot should only be overlaid every 15 to 20 years or so. Concrete can also be resurfaced. See our blog, “Deciding Between Concrete Repair or Concrete Resurfacing” to learn more about this topic if you have a commercial concrete lot.

Who to Choose for Commercial Pavement Repair in Indianapolis

Call ACI Asphalt and Concrete at 317-549-1833 for Indianapolis pavement repair and sealcoating services you can trust. Our team of skilled paving contractors are licensed, bonded, and insured, and have decades of combined hands-on experience in the road construction and design industry. We provide paving services for both asphalt and concrete. Request a free estimate, today.

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