Sealcoating is one of the most important things that you should do after installing an asphalt pavement, roadway, driveway, or parking lot. Sealcoating involves the application of a protective layer of sealant on the asphalt surfaces. Sealcoating is part of the preventative maintenance activities that you should do to ensure that your Anderson asphalt driveways, parking lots, pavements, and roadways last longer and retain their beauty. There are several important things that you should know about sealcoating. First of all, you should not apply the sealant immediately after installing the asphalt surface. You should wait at least three months before sealcoating your asphalt parking lot. But you should not exceed one year before applying the sealant. Another important thing that you should know about selecting is that it should be redone after every two years. You should reseal your asphalt surfaces every two years to ensure functionality and enhance beauty and longevity. Let us now discuss the main reasons why you should sealcoat your parking lot.
To Protect The Surface
Asphalt surfaces are tough and very durable. But they are still susceptible to physical damage if exposed to various hazards and agents. Sealing asphalt helps keep these harmful hazards and agents away. The harmful agents that are kept at bay by this sealant include water, sunlight, and spilled oils. Water and sunlight combine to form a very destructive agent. If you allow water charged with the ultra violet light from the sun to penetrate your asphalt surfaces, then you will incur serious damages through oxidation. The sealcoat helps keep water and UV light away from the asphalt. Oils are spilled all the time in our driveways and parking lots. These oils contain harmful chemicals that can react with asphalt causing physical damage. Apply a protective sealant on you asphalt surfaces every two years to ensure total protection from all these harmful agents and hazards.
To Prolong Its Lifespan
By protecting your asphalt surfaces from these harmful hazards and agents, the sealcoat prolongs the lifespan of your asphalt parking lots and driveways. If you leave your asphalt pavements unsealed, then they will react with all these harmful agents to cause physical damages and defects. That is how you get gaping cracks and potholes and other defects that could have been avoided just by sealcoating your asphalt surfaces.
For Aesthetic Appeal
A newly installed asphalt surface has a glossy rich black color. These surfaces are usually very beautiful to look at. The main problem with this beauty is that it’s short-lived. After a few months the asphalt fades and gets dirty and hence loses its shiny luster. That is why you need to sealcoat your asphalt parking lots and driveways three months after installation; and then to reseal them every two years. The protective sealant adds a rich black hue on the already black asphalt surfaces. This enhances the aesthetic appeal of your asphalt roadways, pavements, driveways, and parking lots.
To Trap Heat
The rich black color that is added by the sealcoat absorbs more heat from the sun. This heat comes in handy when there is snow fall. The trapped heat helps to melt the snow on your asphalt surfaces much faster. This prevents water pooling and snow accumulation on your asphalt surfaces.