Sealcoating is an integral part of not only protecting your asphalt from corrosion but also keeping your parking lot clean and in immaculate condition. Many property managers are acquainted with the need to seal coat their asphalt paving, but have specific questions about the details. Often, their problems are very similar, so we thought it best to compile a list of these frequently asked questions to help better you understand the basics of seal coating.
My Asphalt Has Surface Cracks Keep Coming Back
Before the seal coating, it is essential to seal any existing cracks. If left a break is not filled, it will allow water in that can cause damage to the asphalt pavement. Water penetration in the surface or the base of the asphalt area can cause severe damages. Even after an asphalt parking lot is seal coated, if the cracks have not been filled first, the damage persists. Another important aspect, if asphalt cracks are laden the first time correctly, the crack sealing will last the life of the seal coating.
Should the Asphalt Parking Lot Seal Be Coated Annually?
No. While many seal coating companies will try to get you to seal your asphalt annually; this is to pad their pockets! Sealcoating road too much can lead to many problems. Most property managers don’t realize that the first two coats of sealer applied are the actual thing that protects the asphalt region or pavement. Most of the seal coating after those initial applications are usually for cosmetic purposes only.
Seal Coating Pavement in Hotter Climates
Asphalt can get very hot, especially in warmer areas during the summer. Applying sealer when the temperatures get hotter can cause the sealer to dry too quickly. If this happens, it can peel, flake, or get a streaky finish. Applying the seal coat in hotter conditions require proper and precise cooling techniques along with a professional approach towards paving. A well-paved asphalt paving project can last twenty to forty years if properly maintained. Hiring a reputable paving contractor can save you money in the long run. Not only will you have a parking lot that looks great, but the quality should also last for decades!