Sealcoat is the most effective way to maintain an attractive, safe, and usable asphalt parking lot or pavement surface. Sealcoating is the application of coal tar pitch or asphalt emulsion mixed with inert fillers, liquid, and emulsifying agents or additives. Asphalt pavement that is faded and worn-down can look like-new with the application of sealcoat. Sealcoating produces an appealing, smooth, and dark black surface that is easy to clean. Plus, the contrast against pavement markings/lines makes a parking lot much easier for all visitors to use.
The condition of your parking lot directly reflects on the perception of your business. Your asphalt pavement surface is one of the largest investments and features on your property. A parking lot is usually a visitor’s, or potential customer’s, first impression of the establishment that it serves. A well-maintained parking lot shows attention to safety and boosts curb-appeal. After all, a positive first impression is imperative for all businesses, and improving curb-appeal will attract more customers.
The advantages of adding sealcoating into your pavement maintenance plan are not just cosmetic. Sealcoat is an inexpensive form of preventative maintenance for your asphalt investment. Mother Nature works alongside the Mid-Atlantic freeze/thaw cycles to break down your asphalt pavement, but routine sealcoating will deliver the necessary protection. Without sealcoat, asphalt surfaces become vulnerable to the elements which results in cracking that eventually turns into dangerous potholes. Sealcoating will ultimately extend the lifespan of asphalt surfaces and prevent damages that require more expensive repairs.
On an unsealed asphalt surface, water trickles down into the asphalt’s pores. This water eventually erodes the asphalt surface from the bottom up, by causing cracks and potholes to form. Without the waterproofing agent of sealcoat, water then goes through a freeze/thaw contraction/expansion cycle, resulting in much more severe cracking and much more expensive repairs. Our sealcoating materials and techniques keep water out of asphalt pockets and money in your pockets!
UV rays from the sun are extremely harmful to your asphalt pavement. The UV rays cause the surface to oxidize which breaks down the asphalt’s binding properties, weakens the bonds within it, makes it become brittle, and fades to grey. This in turn will result in “alligator cracking” that leads to hazardous potholes. Our team of experienced pavement professionals can offer all necessary protection your parking lot or asphalt surface will need from sun damage.
Gas dripping from a car will immediately start to soften unsealed pavement. However, sealcoating your asphalt pavement surface offers effective resistance to gas and oil spills. Motor oil and other vehicle fluids heavily saturate and break down the pavement surface and dissolve its binding properties. Sealcoat acts as a barrier between the chemical drippings and the asphalt, if applied within the last ~2 years. The tars used in sealcoat don’t allow for gas and oil spills to pass through to the asphalt.
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