Sealcoating Your Parking Lot Helps Your Own Business

asphalt_roadSealcoating your asphalt can increase the lifespan of your parking lot by years, which means saving you money in the long run. The savings can be upwards of $1000 even for a small car park. If you’re a business owner or a property manager, this is something that you should include in your to-do list. A parking lot is the first thing that your business clients will notice, so it better leave a good impression on them. Hiring a professional sealcoating service to get the job done is the best way to do it.

Everyone knows that these winter months will not be kind to an asphalt parking lot. If it is done correctly, occasional asphalt maintenance can double the life of your parking lot, reduce the likelihood of larger repair issues, and provide a smooth, clean jet-black finish to your parking lot that will enhance your business establishment. You can avoid costly damages like potholes and overlays by sealcoating now.

Parking lots are often subjected to direct sun light for hours on end on a daily basis, especially if it’s warm outside. Sealcoating, when done efficiently, will prevent oxidation and help the asphalt withstand the harsh ultraviolet rays. After a certain period, the asphalt binder, which is usually tar, will harden and this hardening results in a fragile surface that will crack and break. If you have a fracture on the surface of the asphalt, it will enable water to enter inside and weaken it. When the temperature drops down under freezing, the breaks will be worse. Put pressure around those holes (like the weight of a car) and they will easily grow the size of large containers: potholes. Sealcoating protects the top layer of the asphalt and fills in any voids, reducing exposure to air and water and thereby extending the life of your parking lot by providing a protected layer that prevents elements from infiltrating through the asphalt.

We all know that oil and gasoline from automobiles can wreak havoc in your parking lot. Sealcoating your asphalt will prevent these substances from doing damage because a professional-grade sealer contains chemical additives that will easily repel oil and gasoline.

By sealcoating your parking lot, it will last longer and look much better. Furthermore, sealcoating is much less expensive than re-paving. But you need to get this done professionally to ensure that it is done right. Make sure that you hire contractors who are certified experts in this field and don’t be deceived by contractors offering the cheapest service. Cheapest is not always the best.