Understanding and Repairing Potholes
To help understand the importance of sealcoating, an initial understanding of what asphalt is will help. Pavements made with asphalt is mostly made up of fine sand or stones, gravel and asphalt cement which holds everything together and this gives asphalt its known black appearance. When natural elements such as snow, rain and sun comes in contact with the asphalt, it helps accelerate the natural deterioration of the pavement as well as it becomes faded and brittle, which is the primary cause of the pavement surface to have less and less resistance to heavy loads in time.
To help reduce damage to your asphalt, it is highly advised to apply regular sealcoating as part of your pavement maintenance program.
Why Sealcoat Your Parking Lot?
Despite the known longevity of properly laid asphalt pavement, which is around 20 – 30 years, its lifespan can be quickly shortened due to long term exposure to water, sunlight and other petroleum products that can diffuse to the asphalt causing it to disintegrate into its “glue-like” state. Sealcoat protects asphalt from these harmful elements and maximizes asphalt lifetime. Investing in sealcoating your asphalt pavement can more than double the life of your pavement and can even help you save thousands, or even millions of dollars in the future.
Not only does sealcoating help save you money, it also helps in the overall aesthetic value of your parking lot. Over time, asphalt loses its color. It becomes grayish and faded. With sealcoating, it helps it give its deep, black color and surely adds significant “curb appeal” to it.
Here are other top reason why you need to sealcoat your parking lot now:
- Creates better traction for pedestrians and vehicles
- Boosts property value
- Helps prevent oil, salt, fuel and other chemical damage
- Protects from environmental distress and weathering
- Prevents oxidation
- Seals out water and moisture
- Increases pavement flexibility
- Helps prevent cracking and chipping
Depending on your situation, it may or may not be the best option to add a sealcoat to your asphalt pavement. As an example, if your parking lot is made up of old and untreated asphalt (meaning, no sealcoating or sealcoating was done ages ago), sealing it will not help to preserve the already damaged asphalt. Sealcoating is a preventative surface treatment and should not be an option for repairing damaged asphalt. If older asphalt is seal coated, crackfill is advised to be applied where it is needed as this helps slow down the detoriation process.
We hope we had convinced you to have your asphalt parking lot sealcoated. For more information, please do not hesitate to call us at 615-266-6451 or send us an enquiry!