Pavement Sealer Quality Control – What Does it Mean to You?

Pavement Sealer Quality Control – What Does it Mean to You?

Paul Raymond / Nov 9 , 2016

product quality testingWhen it comes to pavement products, there are many choices available on the market. So, how do you differentiate between one manufacturer and another? Certainly price, availability, and mix design are key factors; but, perhaps most important, consider the product quality. Have you ever experienced premature wear or failure of a product in the field? What about poor curing, poor adhesion to the surface, cracking, or abrasion? Oftentimes, these issues result in call-backs or extra work to correct the situation (not to mention further disruption to the site).

GemSeal has a rigorous quality-control process to help reduce those problems from occurring when using our products. This is because every plant has a lab where specific tests are performed on raw materials before production, during manufacturing, and on finished products before delivery to you.

Specification tests for raw materials (to make sure good stuff goes in) include:

  • Solids Content
  • Float Test or Softening Test

Specification tests for sealers (to make sure you get what you pay for) include:

  • Solids Content
  • Ash Content
  • Viscosity

In addition to tests at our plants, the GemSeal R&D lab also conducts tests on every finished product to make sure it performs as you and we expect.

Performance tests for sealers include:

  • Scrub Test
  • Wet Track Abrasion
  • Mandrel Test

GemSeal products are sold only if they pass these tests, along with other strict specifications. Plus, all of our plants keep a log with product information corresponding to each production run. We analyze the data, review weekly statistical reports, and analyze outliers to find possible deviations in production or equipment performance. That’s why GemSeal’s products stand out in a crowded industry as the most consistent.