Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is Tuffseal?

    Tuffseal is a Portland-based Polymer Micro-Overlay which is beginning to revolutionize the pavement preservation industry.  Because of its unique properties and special characteristics it provides a thin, flexible, extremely durable layer over asphalt or concrete drastically increasing the lifespan of the surface.  Tuffseal contains no bituminous material, and thus prices for Tuffseal will not fluctuate with the price of oil.

  • In what colors is Tuffseal offered?

    Tuffseal comes in most basic colors (gray, yellow, blue, red, and green).  Solar-reflective gray, the natural color, is the most popular because it reduces the surface temperature, thereby making it ideal for areas where rutting is an issue. It also helps the environment by alleviating urban heat islands.  Another great benefit of having color options pertains to school zones and railway crossings.  These areas are made much safer when overlaid with Tuffseal in primary yellow.

  • What surface options are available with Tuffseal?

    Tuffseal is available in a beautiful and seamless concrete-like finish.  With our new patent-pending spray system, Tuffseal can be applied without any seam.  Depending on the specifications, aggregate can be applied to create a coarse or smooth surface texture.  For example, in a driveway where children might play basketball, a finer aggregate would be used that would not be prone to scrape knees.  On a higher-trafficked surface, coarser aggregate can be used for durability and to prevent skidding.

  • How much does Tuffseal cost?

    The actual bid will vary depending on several factors including the porosity of the current surface (the smoother, the cheaper) and the size of the job (large jobs may benefit from volume discounts).  Tuffseal is the most cost-effective solution on the market.  One life-cycle of Tuffseal preserves a surface longer than three to four life-cycles of seal coat.  Contact us for a complimentary price quote.

  • What is the Life Expectancy of Tuffseal?

    As of yet, Tuffseal has not reached its full lifespan in any location simply because it has not been around long enough.  So, the exact lifespan of Tuffseal is unknown.  Because the polymers and Portland cement used in Tuffseal provide protection from the drying effects and heat generated by U.V. rays and help prevent the binder from deteriorating, this material is expected to last much longer than the traditional bituminous or coal tar sealants.  This composition creates a tough and durable surface with exceptional adhesive and flexural properties.  Life expectancy, of course, varies depending on the amount of traffic, but the aggregate used in the material can be chosen based upon specifications.  Since the product binds to itself, asphalt, and other surfaces so well, it is not a stretch of the imagination to think that Tuffseal will economically provide another full lifespan with an additional application of Tuffseal on an aged Tuffseal surface.  With this in mind, Tuffseal could theoretically preserve pavement indefinitely, provided that the pavement structure is stable.

  • When is Tuffseal effective?

    Tuffseal is effective in any situation where a stable base is intact and the pavement has not lost too much of its binder, one example being alligator cracking.  Tuffseal is very successful on new surfaces to preserve the investment on the front end before the quality of the asphalt begins to deteriorate.  Tuffseal does not solve problems associated with a faulty base; however, it can be used on asphalt that has begun to show signs of raveling.  Tuffseal is designed to prevent top-down wear from traffic, U.V. rays, chemical, and water damage and to restore higher friction numbers.  It can also be used as a cost-effective method of restoring a smooth surface course to spalling concrete.

  • Why is Tuffseal better than an asphalt overlay?

    Tuffseal is better than an asphalt overlay for many reasons.  Over the life-cycle of Tuffseal it is more cost effective.  Tuffseal is far better for the environment.  New asphalt is a beautiful black color, but it initially radiates heat, exasperates nighttime visibility problems, and then fades as it ages.  This is because the oils in asphalt leave and enter the environment making the asphalt more brittle over time.  Tuffseal seals in these oils, keeping the asphalt from becoming too rigid while protecting the environment.  The utilization of this pavement preservation product extends the life of existing asphalt pavement; and therefore, lessons the dependence on foreign oil and lessons pressure on finite aggregate resources here in the United States.  Also, Tuffseal's solar-reflective color lowers the surface temperature helping to fight the urban heat island effect, providing a more pleasing environment, saving energy and allowing the pavement to resist rutting which frequently occurs in hot weather environments.  In addition, Tuffseal is applied at only 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch thick.  This is advantageous because it does not lead to curb height or water runoff issues that affect roads overlaid with asphalt, and it has only a nominal effect on weight issues that are a crucial factor in bridge repair.

  • How does Tuffseal benefit airports?

    An important aspect of airport safety begins with controlling FOD (Foreign Object Debris).  As asphalt deteriorates, aggregate in the asphalt becomes loose from the binder and becomes FOD.  Even after this raveling occurs, Tuffseal can firmly lock aggregate and asphalt together with a durable seal, thereby preventing FOD on runways, taxiways and tarmacs.  Also, our patent-pending spray system provides an excellent way to preserve asphalt shoulders on runways for years to come while requiring little downtime for resurfacing.  Runway lights can simply be covered while the micro-overlay is applied in a special color chosen for conspicuity.  At only 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch, Tuffseal does not create elevation problems.

  • Can I put Tuffseal over old chip seal?

    Yes!  Tuffseal stabilizes old chip seal, caps it, and eliminates loose rocks that damage windshields.  It also enhances nighttime visibility.

  • How is Tuffseal applied?

    The most cost-effective method of applying this material is by utilizing our patent-pending spray system which comes in several different sizes and can be chosen based on the size of the area to be resurfaced.  Applicators are trained and certified by Acrypave Manufacturing.

  • Is there a warranty?

    As the manufacturer of Tuffseal, we are confident in providing an unconditional three-year warranty.

  • How thick is Tuffseal?

    Tuffseal is best applied at 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch thick.  The benefits this material offers are all achieved with a thin layer.  This material does not provide structural support. It is a preservation material that provides a hard surface coating to defend the pavement structure from the top down.

  • How fast does Tuffseal dry?

    Tuffseal's average curing time for traffic after being applied is between an hour to an hour and a half.  On hot days, Tuffseal can cure in half an hour.  Temperature, sun, and humidity all affect curing time.

  • How do you repair Tuffseal?

    Repairing Tuffseal is simple and easy.  For small cracks that may reflect through the surface, all that is needed to restore a smooth surface is a bucket and a broom.  Tuffseal can be mixed in a bucket, poured into the cracks, and brushed with a broom to repair.   Tuffseal bonds extremely well to itself and goes on thin so the repair is virtually seamless.  On a road where Tuffseal experiences extreme wear over a period of time, thinning areas in the wheel paths may occur, Since it is a durable, cool pavement surface, the road will be protected better from rutting    These can be economically repaired with an additional application of Tuffseal.

  • Will Tuffseal crack?

    Tuffseal will not crack from surface traffic or weather.  Typically, where cracks in the asphalt were caused by top down degradation, Tuffseal will seal the crack, or only a hairline crack will reappear. In these cases, Tuffseal will initially cement in the loose aggregate in the crack wall and retard the progression of the crack by preventing the elements from penetrating the breach and expediting failure.  Tuffseal cannot prevent a reflective crack from propagating upward over time to the new surface.

  • Will Tuffseal protect asphalt from automotive fuels and chemicals?

    Yes!  Tuffseal is completely impervious to all fuels, oils, and even acids.  The only exception found is synthetic aviation transmission fluid.

  • Can Tuffseal be used for concrete repair and preservation?

    Absolutely!  Tuffseal provides a unique solution for spalling, uneven concrete.  For instance, when an old concrete surface begins to spall, it becomes unsightly and uneven.  The loose concrete can be broken out and removed, and Tuffseal can be applied to restore a smooth running course that matches the texture and color of the existing surface.  Since Tuffseal is Portland-based, it shares many of the same properties of concrete, such as appearance and durability.  The polymers, however, give it some flexibility and are the key in forming the bond with the existing concrete without risk of peeling or delaminating.  This makes it very valuable for repairing concrete.  For more information about using Tuffseal to repair concrete, visit the Concrete Repair page.


    Repairing concrete with Tuffseal is especially valuable on bridges.  Tuffseal can be used to restore and preserve a bridge surface without adding significant weight to the bridge deck.  For more information on bridge application, visit the Bridge Repair page.

  • Is Tuffseal safe for the environment?

    Not only is Tuffseal completely environmentally friendly, but it turns asphalt into an environmentally green surface!  Tuffseal seals in all the toxins and oils in asphalt, preventing them from entering the environment.  Tuffseal also replaces the need for seal coats, chip seal, or additional asphalt overlays; all of which are harmful for the environment and eventually require the removal and disposal of the old material.

  •  Does Tuffseal work on other surfaces?

    Tuffseal binds to almost any surface.  Because of this and its other properties, Tuffseal is valuable in many different situations.  It provides an extremely resilient and nonskid surface.

  • I am interested in being an applicator of Tuffseal.  Who do I contact?

    If you are interested in applying Tuffseal, whether you are a contractor or a governmental entity wanting to do your own work, email  Tuffseal provides a great opportunity for a construction business to meet the growing need to extend the life-cycle of pavement with an economical and environmentally friendly solution.


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