Sealing asphalt is a way to prevent cracking, deterioration and corrosion. The asphalt sealant is injected into the cracks in the asphalt pavement to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In many cases, cracks will widen and spread, eventually leading to significant structural damage. Cracks left to themselves can be filled in with mortar or laid in concrete. However, the most reliable and economical sealcoating option involves a continuous application over an extended period of time.
Parking lots are one area that require sealcoating services the most because of all the potential conditions that can potentially damage asphalt surfaces. They are the second most frequent location for asphalt sealant application after the main roadways. If not properly sealed, they can expand and contract by as much as 10 percent depending on the temperature and other environmental factors. This can be especially problematic for parking lots in extreme climates because they often have to deal with heavy snow, saltier temperatures, high humidity and chemicals used in parking lot treatments.
Sealing cracks in asphalt pavement is also necessary to keep water out and prevent puddles from forming. In many cases, parking lots have asphalt pavements and sidewalks and they become wet due to rain, runoff from the roads or as a result of chemical treatments used to protect them. In addition to water, there is the potential for oil, grease and other compounds to seep into the pavement and damage it. Sealcoating helps prevent this by preventing moisture from moving into the asphalt and therefore reducing the chances of damage. A properly installed and maintained parking lot can also increase the property’s value which is a significant benefit when selling a home.
Most people think that sealcoating services are only done for asphalt surfaces but they can also be applied to driveways, sidewalks and other covered surfaces. In fact, asphalt maintenance contractors have a variety of options for how to coat various surfaces. From flat paint to specialized sealcoating services for parking lots, each exterior surface can benefit from a new coat of protection. The driveway, for example, can benefit from a rounder and textured finish to reduce ice accumulation and to provide a safer surface for motorists as they make their way down the driveway.
Another way sealcoating services can be used for asphalt maintenance is to protect steel posts that are installed on the edge of a sidewalk or parking lot. These steel posts are meant to withstand the elements and to stand up to wear and tear. However, over time, they can begin to deteriorate from the weight of vehicles driving on them. By sealing the post and applying a protective coating, you can greatly reduce the damage to the posts and prevent it from occurring in the future. This type of preventative maintenance can be cost effective in the long run because asphalt repairs often have to be made in order to remedy the damage already present.
Whether you are just beginning to evaluate the benefits of sealcoating your paving materials or are ready to do some routine maintenance on your asphalt pavements, call us for a consultation. Our expert team will discuss your needs with you, review your paving budget, discuss the best ways to implement the various sealcoating services we offer, and give you the information you need to keep your paving materials looking like new. Contact sealcoating services today to learn more about how we can help you maintain the beautiful outdoor areas that you create.