Seal(coat) It, Enjoy It, Repeat It

July 7, 2016

Most parking lots are made of pavement—a combination of asphalt concrete and various aggregates. As the saying goes, nothing lasts forever…which is why there are many benefits to sealcoating your parking lot.

 

To begin, what is Sealcoating?

 

As the name itself suggests, sealcoating is a protective seal and coat that acts as a weatherproof barrier against oxidation and other elements such as water, oils and U.V. damage. The sealcoat acts as sunblock per say, to the asphalt pavement, allowing it to stay unharmed from deterioration. This means, instead of the actual pavement weakening, the sealcoat is the first to wear away, leaving the pavement unharmed. If applied correctly, within 2 years of installation, and then routinely scheduled, it can prolong the lifespan of your parking lot.

 

Why Sealcoat Your Parking Lot?

 

Even with a great contractor and properly laid asphalt pavement, the longevity of the pavement, which can range between 10-30 years, will be shortened due to external factors and exposure to water, oils, chemicals, and U.V. damage. The Sealcoat acts as sunblock for the asphalt, protecting it from these harmful elements and keeps it safe.

 

For owners, investors and property managers, it is important to regularly maintain the asphalt surface for your properties with routine sealcoating every 2-3 years, which can double the life span of your pavement. A small investment with sealcoating, can save you thousands of dollars down the line and will prolong the time your parking lot or any other asphalt pavement surface will need to be resurfaced.

 

Aside from the monetary benefits in the long term, sealcoating your parking lot routinely improves and maintains the aesthetes to drastically enhance your ‘curb appeal’. The parking lot is the first thing potential tenants and/or customers see upon arrival. When they view the exterior parking lot, which is freshly sealed, giving it a deep, rich color, they automatically correlate that with a properly maintained property/facility.  

 

At this point, take a look at your own parking lot and ask yourself, if I was a client or customer, what would I first thing? Does it look well maintained and safe?  A well maintained, safe property leads to higher occupancy rates, less turnover, and overall greater satisfaction.

 

Why Sealcoating Might Not Be The Best Option:

 

As we have learned, there are many benefits to sealcoating asphalt pavement that is about 1-2 years old, every 2-3 years. Although, if the asphalt pavement is surpassed deterioration, sealing it will not do much to the preservation of the pavement because sealcoating is a preventative measure, not a treatment to already damaged asphalt. If your parking lot has reached the end of its lifespan, resurfacing the entire parking lot or potentially crack filling might be the best options.

 

Its best to consult your trusted asphalt paving contractor for the guidance on what is the most cost-effective option for your parking lot. SFMS has been in business for over 20 years and with our in-house Asphalt Paving & Concrete Division, we have the right equipment and highly-trained team to get your job, small or large, done on-time and within budget.

 

Call Us (301-469-8771) or Email Us (info@sfmsllc.net) for a free estimate. You can also visit our Asphalt Paving & Concrete Division page for more information and visit our Service Request page to submit a request online. 

 

 

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