If you neglect your asphalt parking lot for too long, problems begin to multiply. Cracks, potholes, standing water, and chunks of asphalt get out of control. Customers complain and sometimes get angry for having to negotiate a mess. That’s why sealcoating can be a great fixer-upper for your commercial parking lot. It will restore your parking lot’s surface to a condition that pleases customers and eliminates a variety of problems.
What Is Sealcoating?
Sealcoating involves laying down a mixture of coal-tar pitch or asphalt cement. This material is combined with water, emulsifying agents and other ingredients to strengthen your asphalt. It serves as a protective barrier to shield the underlying asphalt. The benefits of this process include the following:
- Preserves structural integrity
- Protects against corrosion from chemicals, water, salt, and sunlight
- Waterproofs the surface
- Creates an attractive looking surface
Once a professional sealcoat has been applied, the surface is level and free of cracks and holes. This makes it easier to maintain and keep debris off. For much less than a resurfacing project, sealcoating delivers an attractive surface that is safer for customers to walk and drive on.
When Is Sealcoating Needed?
A good rule of thumb is to sealcoat your parking lot about every 18 months, especially if wear or tear is noticeable. If your lot only receives light use, going three to five years between sealcoats should be acceptable as well. A regular schedule of sealcoating prevents extensive damage and makes maintenance easier and more cost effective. The best time to sealcoat in California is in the spring and summer. The weather must be dry and warm for sealcoating to bond properly to the asphalt.
Sealcoating is a smart business decision, as it prevents costly, unexpected repairs on your parking lot, and pleases customers, too. To learn more about commercial sealcoating, contact Asphalt Surfacing, Inc. by calling 408-673-4719 or sending us an email today!