Chances are, you do not spend a lot of time thinking about the parking lot outside your business. That is until there is an issue with it. Damaged asphalt can cause serious issues for business owners.From a car getting a flat tire in a pothole to a major lawsuit over an injury. To protect their investment and ensure their parking lot does not cause issues, many business owners opt for regular asphalt seal coating. Commercial asphalt sealcoating is an effective way to extend your parking lot’s lifespan, protecting your business and customers.
What Is Asphalt Sealcoating?
Sealcoating is a process where a protective coating is applied to asphalt-based pavement to provide a layer of protection from the elements. These include things like water, oils, and UV damage. An asphalt paving service will first clean your parking lot thoroughly using street sweepers, blowers and rotary booms. They will then treat any oil spots with a primer that allows the area to adhere to the sealer.
Cracks will be blown out with an air compressor and filled with rubberized crack filler. The area will be shut down from all traffic and pedestrians – so business owners should figure out a way to minimize the disturbance by doing the process after business hours or finding temporary parking. Two or more coats of sealcoating is applied with a brush or spray application and the trim is brushed to prevent overspray. Any parking lot lines that were covered will be repainted and your parking lot will look brand new.
When you see asphalt that is cracking, the culprit may surprise you. One of the more common causes of asphalt cracking is damage from UV rays. The ultraviolet light of the sun beats down on the pavement, causing it to crack, fade, and decay. The binders that hold the asphalt together break down and cause damage. Commercial asphalt sealcoating is an effective way of tackling this issue. It provides long term protection against UV rays.
Water is another main source of damage for asphalt parking lots, especially in freezing temperatures. Any moisture that makes its way underneath the asphalt will expand when frozen, causing cracks. Water can also cause damage by washing out the base rock and gravel from underneath the asphalt, causing cracks and sinkholes. Commercial asphalt sealcoating adds a protective layer against moisture that works to prevent these issues.
Aesthetics are very important to a business. If your storefront looks shabby and unkept, customers are more likely to choose one of your competitors. This is also true for your parking lot. A sketchy parking lot with cracking asphalt will reflect negatively on your business and ruin your curb appeal. Asphalt sealcoating will protect your concrete from the fading and damage that ruins aesthetics.
As a business owner, you could be legally liable for damage or injuries that occur on your property. This is especially true when the incident occurs due to something like potholes or large cracks in your parking lot. If a car breaks down or someone trips and gets injured, you could find yourself in a serious legal battle. Asphalt sealcoating helps maintain a safe and accident-free parking lot.
Professional Asphalt Sealcoating
Certified Asphalt provides full-service commercial and residential asphalt services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas. We specialize asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, sealcoating, and pavement maintenance. Family owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!