Slurry Coat Contractor & Micro-Surfacing Asphalt
If you are looking for a great way to repair any kind of pavement, you should consider slurry seal or micro-surfacing. Both are economical and easy to apply.
At DRYCO we’d be happy to be your slurry seal contractor. We have specialized equipment, quality mix designs, and a large staff of trained personnel so you can complete your asphalt slurry seal or micro-surfacing project efficiently.
Our slurry seal costs are competitive, and we are always transparent with our pricing. Get a free estimate and see for yourself today.
What is Slurry Seal?
It is not the same as seal coat and was developed in the 1930’s in Germany. Slurry seal is a cold mix coating consisting of fine crushed aggregate, emulsified asphalt, additives and water applied to roadways. Emulsion serves as a binder to hold the aggregate together and to adhere to the roadway. It is a very economical way to maintain asphalt roadways but has no structural value. Slurry seal has a ambient temperature cure.
What is Micro-surfacing?
Slurry Seal was expanded upon in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in an attempt to use slurry in thicker applications that could be applied in narrow courses in wheel ruts to avoid not having to replace expensive traffic delineation on the autobahns. High quality aggregates and advanced emulsions where incorporated which resulted in a stable product when applied in multi-stone thickness. Micro surfacing can be applied in multi-layer surfaces.
Slurry Seal Asphalt
Slurry Seal Types
Slurry seal is used to correct minor defects such as halts raveling, restores loss of matrix, and improves skid resistance.
There are 3 types of slurry seal:
- Type 1 – Bike or walking trails, parking lots
- Type 2 – Residential roadways
- Type 3 – Highways, collectors, and arterial
Slurry seal is low cost with good performance at an expected service life of 4-7 years.
Slurry surfacing is laid at one-stone thickness. The largest stone bears the traffic load and it is not designed for mutiple layering.
What makes micro surfacing different than slurry seal?
Higher polymer content in the emulsion
Higher asphalt residual content
Fast setting chemicals – allows faster break
Requires higher quality aggregate
Higher quality control required with the system
Is able to support traffic as quick as one hour after placement
Micro has only Type II and Type III applications
About Micro Surfacing
- Suited for higher volume collectors, arterials and highways
- Night Time Application
- Minor Rut Filling
- Double Applications for addressing surface irregularities
- Not intended for a lot of hand work
Micro Surfacing Application
- Applied in multi-stone thickness
- Stone interlock and modified binder bears traffic load
- May be applied in multiple layers
Key Components of Commercial Slurry Seal
- Slurry Trucks/Specialized Equipment
- Quality Aggregate
- Quality Emulsion- with Polymers
- Working Mix Design
- Equipment Calibrations / Verification
- Test Strips / Verification
- Trained Personnel
- Not overstating product capabilities
- Partnership with owner, suppliers and crew
- Slurry or Micro Performance
Slurry Sealing Factors to Consider
- Existing pavement condition
- Surface Preparation, Weeding, Crack Sealing, Patch Repairs (fog seal new patches), Trees, Cleaning and Striping removal
- Traffic levels and Traffic Control Requirements
- Stockpile Location
- Climate and Weather Conditions
- Day or Night Application Hours
- Parking Configurations-Power Steering Scuffing
- Reflective Cracking
- Ravel or shedding of product
- Urban vs. rural settings
- Availability of materials
DRYCO’s Slurry Workmanship Guidelines
- Pre Cleaning & Post Sweeping
- Proper Prep; Tree trimming, Weeding, Crack Sealing, Patching, Striping Removal
- Stockpile Management, Management of Externals
- Hand Work
- Housekeeping – Lay-down Box – Squeegee
- Drag Marks
- Transverse and Longitude Joints
- Motorists driving thru the work
- Color Variance – Uniform Surface
- Placement – Thickness – Gradation
- Slurry’s & Micro’s Best Friend: Traffic, Time and Weather
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Slurry Seal or Seal Coating – Which Is Best For Pavement Maintenance?
Download our infographic comparing slurry seal and seal coating to make an informed decision on the best pavement maintenance for your parking lot.