Developing a long-term pavement maintenance plan will help extend the life of the parking lot. A proactive approach to maintenance helps property and facility managers reduce potential costs and liabilities. Sealcoating is one of the most important elements of a property’s maintenance plan with benefits that attract patrons and reduce costs.
Here are some things you should know about sealcoating:
1. Well-Kept Parking Lots Attract Prospective Customers
Freshly sealcoated pavement has the deep black appearance of newly laid asphalt and it will certainly be noticed. A well-maintained parking lot makes a great first impression and will enhance the image of your property. Parking lot sealcoating is a simple and affordable way to attract new tenants and business and keep your asphalt pavement in good condition.
2. Sealcoating Reduces UV Ray Exposure
Asphalt pavement consists of rock and asphalt binder, which becomes brittle under oxidized conditions and can cause premature cracks and deterioration. Sealcoating fills surface voids to prevent penetration of UV Rays.
3. Sealcoating Increases Oil & Gas Resistance
Just as sealcoating helps prevent UV ray and oxygen exposure, it also serves as a barrier for the penetration of oil and gas. The coal tars used in the sealcoating process are impervious to oil and gas spills, which can soften pavement that is not sealed.
4. Sealcoated Parking Lots are Easier to Clean
Another benefit of keeping up with parking lot sealcoating within a regular maintenance plan is that this smooth barrier makes the parking lot much easier to clean. Pressure washing and sweeping duties are far more effective on a sealcoated lot, simplifying upkeep and maintenance year-round.
5. Increases Pavement Flexibility and Reduces Cracks
The weight of constant traffic and inclement conditions can cause cracks to form. These cracks allow chemicals and water to penetrate the surface, progressing deterioration. Sealcoating your asphalt parking lot increases its flexibility and helps extend the life of your pavement under even heavy traffic conditions.
6. Sealcoating Extends the Life of Parking Lot Paving
Depending on the level of traffic your parking lot receives, you’ll want to consider a pavement maintenance program that includes sealcoating every 2-5 years. Sealcoating is one of the most cost effective ways that property owners can protect their parking lot pavement. Less cracks, fewer potholes and its easier to clean.
Sealcoating is an easy way to improve the appeal of your parking lot and business. When completed in conjunction with a crack sealing program, the pavement deterioration rate will drop. Working closely with an asphalt- paving contractor is a critical element to ensure you are developing and implementing a pavement maintenance plan that will protect your property and the life of its parking lot pavement.