If your commercial property includes an asphalt pavement, you may have already heard about sealcoating. Perhaps the contractor providing your asphalt paving services discussed the need for sealcoating within the new pavement’s first year of life. Maybe you have heard colleagues discussing their plans to have a pavement sealed. However, you may be wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of sealcoating your pavement.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Commercial Asphalt Sealcoating?
What Is Sealcoating?
Sealcoating manufacturers usually ship mixes to sealcoating contractors. Each contractor then combines the mix with sand, water, and any additives needed for the job. The liquid sealant is typically applied with a sprayer to ensure a thin, even coat; if the area cannot be accessed with a sprayer, the sealant can be applied with a squeegee.
What Are the Pros of Asphalt Sealcoating?
There are a number of benefits that can be realized through sealcoating. Sealcoating blocks the UV rays that the sun emits; these rays steal the pavement’s moisture, leaving it brittle and susceptible to cracking. The sun also fades the color of asphalt pavement, but sealcoating can bring back the dark, rich color that your pavement had when it was first installed. In addition, sealcoating can cover small imperfections to give the pavement a smoother, more even appearance. Since automotive fluids can soften asphalt pavement, parking lot sealcoating can help protect from damage caused by leaked oil, diesel, gas, and other petrochemicals. Sealcoating also enhances your pavement’s ability to resist water penetration, the leading cause of an unstable foundation that can result in alligator cracking, subsidence, or potholes. Although sealcoating can often double the useful life of an asphalt pavement, sealants are quite economical, making them extremely cost-effective.
What Are the Cons of Asphalt Sealcoating?
It is difficult to find anything negative about sealcoating. About the worst anyone can say is that sealcoating is not permanent; you will need to have your contractor repeat the application periodically. Most parking lot sealcoating lasts approximately two years, but your schedule could be different. Some people also consider the waiting time to sealcoat a new pavement as a drawback. New asphalt pavements should be sealed as soon as the curing process is complete or no later than 12 months after installation. Sealcoating can be a temperamental product if weather conditions are marginal, but an experienced Bensalem sealcoating contractor will know whether there is a way to compensate for conditions. Since sealcoating cannot be applied over damaged pavement, your contractor will need to repair any potholes and significant cracks first. One final drawback is that the sealant will cover your pavement markings, so you will need to plan on new striping and markings after your contractor sealcoats your parking lot.
For the Best Commercial Asphalt Sealcoating, Contact C&C Super Seal
C&C Super Seal, a commercial sealcoating company, serves clients throughout Bucks County and Montgomery County. Our services include asphalt paving and resurfacing, thermoplastic line striping, sealcoating, parking lot bollards, pothole and crack repair, and traditional parking lot striping and marking. We have an exemplary reputation that is based on the exceptional quality of our work and our commitment to customer service. To request a free quote, call us at 267-223-9906 or submit the online form.