WHEN TO SEALCOAT YOUR PARKING LOT

To ensure your parking lot remains in prime condition, it’s important to understand the optimal timing and indicators for sealcoating.

IDEAL TIMING

The best time to sealcoat your parking lot is during warmer months, typically from late spring to early fall. During this period, temperatures are more conducive for the sealant to adhere and cure properly. Aim for dry weather with low chances of rain and temperatures above 50°F to ensure optimal application and drying conditions.


FREQUENCY

Experts recommend sealcoating every 2-3 years to maintain their integrity and appearance. However, this can vary based on traffic volume, climate, and the current condition of the asphalt. Regular assessments can help determine the appropriate frequency for your specific parking lot.

SIGNS YOUR PARKING LOT NEEDS SEALCOATING

Visible signs indicating the need for sealcoating include fading color, surface cracks, and areas where the asphalt appears dry or brittle. Water pooling and the presence of potholes are also clear indicators that the protective layer is wearing off and the asphalt is susceptible to damage. If the surface looks worn or you can see the aggregate, it’s time to plan for sealcoating.

Sealcoating acts as a shield for your parking lot, protecting against weather, chemicals, and traffic wear. This preventative maintenance can significantly extend the life of your asphalt, saving on costly repairs down the line. It’s an investment in durability and longevity, ensuring your parking area remains functional and appealing.

EXTEND ASPHALT LIFE

It prevents water penetration, oxidation, and damage from oil or gas spills, which are primary causes of asphalt degradation. This protective layer keeps the foundational integrity intact, delaying the need for extensive repaving projects.

IMPROVE APPEARANCE

A fresh sealcoat gives your parking lot a dark, rich color, much like new asphalt. This not only enhances curb appeal but also marks your property as well-maintained. An attractive parking area can leave a positive impression on customers and visitors, contributing to the overall image of your business.

COST-EFFECTIVE MAINTENANCE 

Investing in sealcoating is far more cost-effective than dealing with the consequences of neglect. By preventing severe asphalt damages, you reduce the need for expensive repairs and replacements. Regular sealcoating maintains your parking lot’s condition at a fraction of the cost of major rehabilitation or reconstruction work.

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