Compared to concrete, an asphalt parking lot is less expensive and faster to construct, which allows you to put your new lot into service sooner. Asphalt repairs are similarly economical and rapid. However, even though installations and repairs are economical, you probably do not want to spend more on them than is necessary. If you want to minimize major repairs and maximize the longevity of your pavement, you should consider periodic applications of asphalt sealcoating.
Will Sealcoating My Asphalt Parking Lot Save Money?
What Is Sealcoating?
Asphalt sealcoating is a liquid that dries to form a protective barrier between your pavement and the forces that can damage it. Your sealcoating contractor will ensure that all repairs are made, thoroughly clean your pavement, and then apply your seal coat. Typically, contractors apply two thin coats of asphalt parking lot sealcoating, and some parking lots may need a partial coat applied in high-traffic areas.
Why Asphalt Sealcoating Matters
By acting as a sunscreen, seal coating blocks the harmful rays of the sun that dry out asphalt pavement, turning it brittle and making it more likely to develop cracks. The sun also fades the color of asphalt pavement, leaving it an unsightly shade of dingy gray or brown. A quality seal coat can restore the pavement’s original color. Asphalt parking lot sealcoating is especially important for protecting against automotive fluids. Vehicles parking in or driving through your lot are likely to leak oil, brake fluid, gas, or other fluids that will leave soft, crumbly spots in your pavement. Seal coating your parking lot buys you more time to remove these leaks before they reach your pavement. Asphalt parking lot sealcoating also makes your markings more visible, enhances traction on your pavement, and makes the pavement appear to have a smoother, more even surface.
How Often Should I Schedule Asphalt Parking Lot Sealcoating?
When an experienced asphalt company constructs a new parking lot, contractors usually advise customers to seal coat the pavement within 12 months. However, since sealcoating does not last forever, new applications are required. On average, a parking lot in Florida needs fresh seal coating about every two years. However, you should ask your sealcoating contractor to tailor a schedule that takes into account the type and amount of traffic that your lot receives as well as the age and condition of the pavement.
Is Asphalt Sealcoating Cost-Effective?
Sealcoating is remarkably economical, but it is an extremely effective way to protect your pavement. When included in an asphalt maintenance plan that also includes prompt crack repairs and other routine maintenance, a good seal coat can often double a pavement’s useful life. In addition, throughout its life, any repairs tend to be minor and relatively inexpensive.
Let Asphalt Care Services Help You Keep More of Your Money
Asphalt Care Services is an experienced, highly regarded asphalt company with our home office in Hobe Sound. We serve most towns along the Treasure Coast as well as some of the inland cities. Our asphalt services include seal coating, repairs, asphalt paving, and parking lot maintenance. We also provide parking lot striping, bollard installations, thermoplastic line striping, concrete bumpers, and traffic signs. We are known for our exemplary workmanship and our exceptional customer service. We offer free quotes, so give us a call at 772-888-2840, or fill out the online form to request yours today.