The Importance of Sealcoating

It’s sealcoating season. If you haven’t already, you should consider undergoing this essential preventative maintenance for your commercial asphalt parking lot. Sealcoating is a treatment that restores the aesthetic and structural integrity of your asphalt and prevents further deterioration. Sealers, emulsions that combine asphalt or refined coal tar with clay, mineral fillers and water are applied to your lot to create a sleek, black protective layer over the asphalt.

Because temperatures cannot drop below 60℉ during the 24-hour curing process, this Indiana summer is the perfect time to get it done. Don’t wait for the fall. Your pavement will reap the resulting benefits of timely and regular sealcoating.

 

Benefits of Sealcoating

Sealcoating protects your pavement from the environmental stressors that lead to damage, including:

  • Water penetration
    • Rain
    • Snow
    • Ice
  • Oxidation
  • Weather cycling
  • Oil spills
  • Chemical spills
  • UV radiation

Because of sealcoating’s preventative benefits, this process will enhance the appearance of your asphalt, prolong its life and reduce the costs of long-term repairs. When water, oil, chemicals or UV rays penetrate your asphalt surface, these stressors weaken the asphalt and compromise its structure. The resulting damage can be so severe that your asphalt will need to be resurfaced or repaved—a much costlier undertaking. To determine whether your pavement needs to be resurfaced or resealed, check out this helpful blog post.

To extend the life of your pavement and get the most out of your investment, you should reseal your commercial parking lot every 2-3 years, not just when you notice signs of damage. This regular maintenance will prevent major deterioration in the future. As a result, your parking customers—and your wallet—will thank you. Contact DC Construction Services today to schedule your sealcoating service during these warmer weather months.