The Basics of Sealcoating

Asphalt parking lots have to withstand a lot. Aside from cars and other vehicles driving and parking on them, they take a beating from the sun, the rain, and the changes in temperature. Sealcoating is one way you can ensure your parking lot stays in the best condition possible at all times.

What Does the Process Look Like?

When you order sealcoating for your asphalt parking lot, a professional will evaluate the surface to look for stains, damage, and other issues that might need a repair before the sealcoating is applied. Those problems will then be repaired, after which the surface will be cleaned. Your parking lot will then have a primer applied, followed by the sealcoat.

How Can One Prepare for the Job?

If your parking lot is going to be sealcoated, you can prepare by ensuring the entire area is free from vehicles or anything else that could get in the way. Depending on the type of traffic you have in your lot each day, you could post signs leading up to the day of the job so everyone will know not to park their cars in the lot. You could also put flyers on windshields to get the information out.

You should also turn off any sprinkler systems and make sure all gated areas that require access are unlocked. If your landscape includes trees or shrubs that hang over the lot, you could trim them out of the way.

What Are the Benefits?

There are a lot of sealcoating benefits you might not be aware of. The following are just a few.

  • Repair and protection against cracks, potholes, and fading
  • Protection against penetrating water, oil, and chemicals
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Reduced repair costs in the long term
  • Longevity

When Can the Lot Be Used Again?

After the job is done, the asphalt parking lot should sit unused for at least 24 hours to dry and cool, though an additional 12 hours would be ideal. The sprinklers should not be turned on for at least 48 hours to ensure the sealer dries completely and correctly. After you have waited long enough, you can open the lot again.

Finding Answers to Your Questions

Sealcoating is a great way to protect an investment. As a commercial property owner, you can find more answers to your questions regarding this service by contacting Asphalt Surfacing by calling 408-673-4719 or emailing us today.

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