Sealcoating is the most important way to maintain an asphalt parking lot. Asphalt pavement is designed to be a flexible surface made from asphalt emulsion and fine aggregates. Aging can become accelerated if the pavement is left unsealed.
Sealcoating is the application of a thin coat of coal tar pitch or asphalt emulsion mixed with inert fillers, water, emulsifying agents or additives.
Pavement Solutions uses quality materials and a proven sealcoating technique to deliver outstanding resistance to water seepage, petroleum spills, oxidation from the sun and other damaging elements. Sealcoated pavements will last 30-50% longer than pavements that are left unsealed.
The first step to sealcoating is to clean the area from debris. The pavement’s condition is then carefully evaluated to identify asphalt defects such as cracks, potholes, and oil spills. Primer is used to cover up oil and chemical spots. Potholes are repaired and cracks are filled in with crack sealant. We apply at least two coats of commercial grade sealer to the pavement. It takes approximately 12 hours for the surface to completely dry.
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Why sealcoat? Consider these reasons:
Customers and tenants often see a parking lot before any other aspect of your property. Sealcoating ensures a positive first impression by enhancing the appearance of your property with a parking lot that looks brand new.
Sealcoating creates a smooth and even surface, making your pavement far easier to clean.
Maintaining asphalt with sealcoat every three years saves an average of $152,500 for a typical commercial parking lot over 15 years. This equates to a 48% savings over the life of an unmaintained parking lot. With oil prices considerably higher and less stable today, the savings could be even higher than this estimate.
When moisture seeps into asphalt, it damages the asphalt. Especially when it freezes and expands which causes cracks.
The sun hardens pavement making it brittle and inflexible. Sealcoat reduces exposure to the sun.
Chemical Exposure Prevention
Pavement is often exposed to gasoline, salt and oil which break down asphalt. Sealcoating shields asphalt from coming into contact with these elements.