Choosing to have an asphalt road or parking lot installed is a cost effective choice and the job can be completed quickly. Asphalt is made up of sand, stone, and gravel that are bind together by asphalt cement. When laying a parking lot or road, this mixture must be heated and quickly placed before it dries. A parking lot or road paved in this material can last up to 15 years, but anyone who deals with an asphalt road or parking lot must realize that it will deteriorate or breakdown over time. This is actually a natural process because the materials that makeup the asphalt will breakdown when it comes in contact with certain elements. Elements that contribute to this include the sun, rain, years of heavy traffic, salt, oil spills and other chemicals. Because of this, a process known as seal coating is a must to keep your asphalt pavement looking as good as ever.
Cooper Paving offers expert seal coating and repair, an asphalt treatment process that protects and repairs roads and parking lots from damage caused by certain elements. Seal coating is important to protecting your investment! It will keep your asphalt pavement in great condition and maintain aesthetics all which will contribute to higher property values. Applied by a brush or spray technique, seal coating is highly recommended for most asphalt paving projects, and helps reduce surface cracking over time – increasing the lifespan of the pavement.
When is Seal Coating Required?
There are many factors that contribute to how long your asphalt pavement will last. The climate, number of vehicles driving on it, and the weight of the vehicles all play a big role in its life span. A properly installed asphalt road or parking area can last up to 20 years. About 90 to 180 days after the initial installation (or after it has cured and hardened), an asphalt pavement should be seal coated. Then it should be sealed again roughly every three to five years. This maintenance process will extend the life of the pavement. The most important factor in making your asphalt pavement last is choosing a reputable and experienced contractor such as Cooper Paving who specializes in seal coating.
In addition to following those general rules, it’s important to inspect your pavement often. When you regularly inspect your parking lot or road, you will encounter damage or issues sooner where the repairs are easier and cheaper. Cracks and potholes should be repaired as soon as possible. Also, make sure drains and gutters are kept clean so the water does not back up on the pavement. It is also very important to make sure that the weight of vehicles using the pavement is not heavier than what the pavement can support.
Why Choose Cooper Paving?
At Cooper Paving, we are committed to providing our customers with preventative, cost effective maintenance and repair to all residential and commercial paving projects. Parking areas and roadways represent a major investment for your home or business. Our experienced seal coating and repair crews will ensure you maintain a structurally sound, durable driving surface for years to come. We value your time, which is why we provide fast, free estimates!
The team at Cooper Paving has been specializing in seal coating, pavement repair, and roadway preservation for decades. We are family owned and ran and have been serving families and businesses in Anne Arundel County since 1958. You can always count on Cooper Paving to provide best in preventative paving maintenance.