Quite often, the people tasked with hiring an asphalt contractor have little or no hands-on experience in the paving industry. The lack of inside information can sometimes make it more difficult to translate the terms used by paving contractors. It can also complicate matters when trying to decide which of two services you might need, especially when both services appear to provide similar results. For example, a newly sealed pavement can look a great deal like a recently installed asphalt pavement, but sealcoating and paving are two very different procedures. One way to think about these two procedures is to think about a hardwood floor in a home’s living room. The wood is akin to the paving, while the varnish or stain applied to the raw wood resembles the sealcoat.
When Do We Need Asphalt Paving?
Obviously, you need a paving contractor if no pavement currently exists, or if an existing pavement needs to be demolished and reconstructed. However, local paving contractors typically consider asphalt resurfacing as a paving service. Asphalt resurfacing involves grinding away two or three inches of the existing pavement, then replacing it with fresh asphalt. Some contractors refer to this as an asphalt overlay installation. However, although it may be splitting hairs, an asphalt overlay can also be installed on top of many concrete pavements, but milling will not be part of the process.
When Do We Need Sealcoating?
Asphalt sealcoating is a protective treatment that can help prevent damage from a variety of sources, including automotive fluids and ultraviolet radiation. Sealcoating companies recommend sealcoating Treasure Coast pavements within one year of construction, then repeating the application about every two years. Before sealcoating parking lots and streets, it is important to make all pavement repairs to ensure a successful application.
What Are the Financial Differences Between Asphalt Paving and Sealcoating?
In terms of cost, asphalt paving lot sealcoating is the most economical, resurfacing is second, and paving is the most expensive option. In terms of accounting, paving is typically a capital asset, while sealant applications are normally considered a maintenance expense. Depending on the extent of the resurfacing as well as corporate policy, an overlay could be a repair expense, a capital expenditure, or a routine maintenance expense.
Asphalt Care Services Is Ready to Assist You
Asphalt Care Services has been repairing sealcoating parking lots and other asphalt pavements since 1993. We are committed to delivering work of the highest quality on every project for every client. Our services include asphalt sealcoating, parking lot maintenance, asphalt repair, traffic signage, asphalt paving, thermoplastic line striping, bumper block and speed bump installations, and parking lot striping. We serve clients in most Treasure Coast communities, including Vero Beach, Stuart, West Palm Beach, Sebastian, Fort Pierce, Hobe Sound, Boca Raton, Okeechobee, Indian River, and Port St. Lucie. Contact us today to receive a free, hassle-free quote. You can submit our online request form, or you can call 772-888-2840 or 561-855-1336. If you prefer to email us, address your message to [email protected].