Sealcoating is one of the best ways for you to breathe new life into your asphalt parking lot. Cooper Paving, an asphalt contractor in Glen Burnie, MD, tells you what you need to know about sealcoating.
What is Sealcoating?
Sealcoating is a thin liquid layer that goes over your asphalt pavement. It doesn’t go on until after the pavement has been cured and hardened if your asphalt is a brand new job. We recommend a new layer of sealcoating once every 3-5 years. It’s essential that you get a commercial paver that can properly apply your sealcoat to make sure you’re getting the protection you need
What Does Sealcoating Do?
The sealcoat adds years to the life of your asphalt parking lot. Asphalt takes a lot of wear and tear from being outside all the time. Fluids from cars, constant UV rays from the sun, and bad weather are all things that can cause harm to your asphalt. Though it can’t mend a crack that’s already present, it’s something that helps prevent damage and holes from forming.
Asphalt on its own starts to fade over time. However, sealcoating it regularly helps it to continue to look brand new. It doesn’t just look it, either. It also wears like it’s a fresh coat of asphalt. This is how it helps to keep your asphalt in good condition throughout the years.
It Can Save Money
Regular sealcoating can actually save you money in the long run. The cost for sealcoating can be fairly low. If you make sure you’re regularly sealcoating, it saves you the cost of repairs as there’s less wear and tear on the asphalt. Sealcoating also helps you put off when you have to fully repave your lot, meaning it lasts longer between paving sessions.
It’s Helpful During the Winter
There’s no way to entirely prevent snow and ice buildup when the weather gets colder. But sealcoating can actually help snow and ice melt faster on your asphalt. It helps to protect against water penetration and the problems it causes in the foundation of your asphalt. If your lot is properly graded, sealcoating helps to keep the runoff moving quickly so it doesn’t seep into the pavement.
When Do I Have to Repave Instead of Sealcoat?
While sealcoating extends the life of your lot, it can’t solve severe damage to your lot. If your pavement has ruts or is severely broken, it’s time to get a new paving job. Alligator cracks are when the surface of your asphalt looks similar to the skin of an alligator. This is when you should think about new asphalt as well. If you continue to refill alligator cracks, eventually a whole portion will be crack refill material. This can stick to tires in hot weather.