Remember how great your asphalt parking lot looked when it was first installed? Like every other aspect of a commercial property, it needs to be maintained to keep it in good condition. If your parking lot is showing signs of wear and tear, parking lot sealcoating is a great way to refresh and protect an asphalt surface. Wondering if your parking lot needs to be seal coated? Understanding what sealcoating is and when is the best time to have it done can help answer that question.
What is Sealcoating?
Sealcoating sometimes referred to as liquid asphalt, is a protective coating. It is made from a combination of liquid and tiny granular particles. It typically contains oils and materials commonly used in asphalt paving including dissolved asphalt and is applied by spraying or spreading it with a squeegee. The particles fill in small cracks, creating a smooth and level surface. Any large cracks or potholes should be filled before parking lot sealcoating begins. The oils soak into the existing asphalt to replace those that have been depleted. In addition to restoring the asphalt to an ‘almost brand new’ condition, sealcoating protects asphalt surfaces from the sun, water, chemicals, and abrasion caused by traffic. It can significantly extend the lifespan of your asphalt surfaces.
When Should Sealcoating Be Done?
The summer months are the ideal time for parking lot sealcoating. It is recommended that asphalt surfaces should be seal coated every 3-5 years. If your parking lot receives a high volume of traffic, you may need to have it done more often. Here are some signs that you should consider parking lot sealcoating.
When you inspect your parking lot, you may think a few small cracks are nothing to worry about. However, if left unattended they can grow larger and multiply, resulting in major damage that requires expensive asphalt repair or even replacement. Having your parking lot seal coated regularly can help prevent that from happening.
Potholes not only impact the appearance of your parking lot but also increase the risk of personal injury. Just like cracks, potholes should be addressed when they are small and can easily be repaired. Otherwise, they will continue to grow and lead to replacing part or all of your parking lot.
The UV rays from the sun will cause an asphalt surface to fade, detracting from its appearance. However, the damage doesn’t stop there. The sun’s rays also weaken the asphalt, making it more susceptible to cracks and potholes. Parking lot sealcoating helps to protect your asphalt from sun damage and restore its original color.
Why Sealcoat in the Summer?
As previously mentioned, the summer months are the best time for parking lot sealcoating. Sealcoating will dry and cure better in hot temperatures, making June, July, and August the perfect time to have it done. With the overnight temperatures remaining over 60 degrees, the sealcoating should be ready for striping the next day. This will reduce the amount of time your parking lot will be closed.
Professional Parking Lot Sealcoating
Conducting sealcoating before the temperatures drop too low is the best way to restore and protect your parking lot. Certified Asphalt provides full-service commercial and residential asphalt paving services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas. We specialize in 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!