Asphalt paving is the preferred material for parking lots because of its strength and flexibility. But just like any other material, it will eventually give in to wear and tear caused by frequent use and exposure to the elements.
You can, however, prolong its lifespan by sealcoating. The best time to sealcoat your parking lot is from mid-May to mid-September, when the weather is warm. The sealcoat lasts twice as long when it is applied during this time as the sun’s heat thoroughly bakes the sealcoat film onto the asphalt paving, increasing its durability.
Aside from being the perfect time to sealcoat your parking lot, here are 5 compelling reasons why you should do it as soon as possible.
Sealcoating creates better traction for pedestrians and vehicles. Sealcoating material contains sand and silica, which makes the asphalt paving less slippery. This reduces the risk of accidents and injuries.
Parking lot striping stands out. Sealcoating the pavement will give it a rich black color; traffic lines will be more visible. It helps conceal minor scratches and imperfections on the pavement, improving its overall appearance. Sealcoating also reduces glare by giving the asphalt a matte finish.
It adds a layer of protection against the elements. Sealcoating locks out water and moisture, and reduces asphalt oxidation. If the asphalt paving has oxidized, it becomes brittle and prone to cracks.
It protects asphalt paving from corrosive substances. Asphalt paving which has been sealcoated is less vulnerable to damage caused by oil, salt, and other chemicals.
Sealcoating saves you money in the long run. As the saying goes, prevention is better than a cure. Some parking lot owners delay sealcoating for as long as they can, thinking that it’s an unnecessary expense. In reality, sealcoating is affordable and could save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs.
Hargrove Sealcoating recommends sealcoating parking lots every two to three years. Get in touch with them today for a free estimate.
Serving Columbia, Spring Hill, Franklin, Brentwood, Thompson’s Station, Lewisburg, Murfreesboro, and Nashville, Hargrove Sealcoating are experts in commercial parking lot sealcoating and striping. Call them today at 931.619.6718. One of their service advisors will be happy to assist you.