As a property owner you understand the need for keeping your property looking presentable, including your parking lot.
The parking lot is one of the most visual elements of the property, in some cases representing two to five times the area of the structures on the property. If this area is worn, gray and filled with cracks, it makes a poor first impression.
Certainly, taking care of the parking lot is not always easy, however parking lot seal coating can be a worthwhile investment, improving both the visual appeal and preserving the life of the parking lot.
Chemicals, sun, and general use can speed up the aging of asphalt surfaces. This is why parking lot seal coating is an important step to protecting your investment in an asphalt parking lot.
Parking Lot Seal Coating – Bringing Back The “New”
Parking lot seal coating improves the look and curb appeal of asphalt parking lot. Unfortunately, you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression, so a professional seal coating improves curb appeal and perception of value.
Asphalt is mostly made up of a variety of materials (sand, gravel, ground rubber and sometimes crushed glass) which held together by a sticky, glue like substance called bitumen.
Bitumen is a naturally occurring by product of petroleum distillation and gives asphalt pavement its black appearance. Bitumen does deteriorate over time and loses that “new” dark appearance by turning grey. A rich finish of sealcoat brings back the “new” appearance and accentuates the overall look of the parking lot.
Parking Lot Seal Coating – Protection As Well As Looks
Parking lot seal coating also protects the asphalt from deterioration due to sunlight UV rays, chemicals and water penetration.
When harmful elements like snow, sun and rain come in contact with your parking lot, the pavement begins to fade, deteriorate and become brittle. This in turn causes the pavement to be overly brittle in cold weather or too soft in warm weather.
Unavoidable contaminants such as brake or transmission fluids, grease and motor oil drip onto the asphalt, causing weak spots and stains. To minimize this type of damage to your asphalt parking lot, think about scheduling a parking lot seal coating into your parking lot maintenance program.
Parking Lot Seal Coating – Extending The Life of Your Investment
Parking lot seal coating extends the average life of pavement by 50 to 100%, potentially doubling the life and reducing the need for costly repair. A regular seal coating can actually double the life of the asphalt pavement.
Proper installation of the parking lot pavement requires these basic standards:
- subgrade is compacted and sound
- appropriate base material is compacted and placed correctly
- appropriate thickness of hot material is compacted and placed correctly
Assuming the asphalt pavement was designed and installed properly, seal coating will certainly extend the parking lot pavement life by safeguarding the asphalt binder from oxidation and slowing the unavoidable deterioration.
Parking Lot Seal Coating – Protection from Water Intrusion
Water intrusion is considered to be one of the main reasons for asphalt failure (especially in “freeze/thaw” regions) Since asphalt is porous, water can penetrate through cracks and because of the freeze/thaw cycle, enlarge cracks leading to asphalt failure. Seal coat has water repelling agents that minimize this type of damage.
All in all, regular seal coating is indispensable to extending your parking lot life, preventing premature failure, and making your parking lot look more attractive and appealing.
Need to breath some “life” into your parking lot? Time to spruce up the look of your parking lot? Call C & L General Services at 732-886-1940 and let us discuss your parking lot seal coating needs.