Your parking lot sees a lot of use. Cars are regularly driving over it and it’s constantly exposed to the elements. Unfortunately, asphalt doesn’t last forever, and all of these things can wear your parking lot down. If you have an asphalt parking lot or were planning on upgrading your gravel or dirt lot to asphalt, sealcoating could be a wise business decision.
Sealcoating is a process where the asphalt of your parking lot is coated with a weatherproof barrier. It’s designed to wear away under the conditions that would normally damage asphalt in order to protect it. If you’ve thought about sealcoating your asphalt parking lot, but weren’t sure, here are some of the benefits to keep in mind:
Parking lots get driven over, rained and snowed on, oxidized, and exposed to the bright sun. It’s a lot of damage to deal with that might seem inevitable just because it’s outside. This isn’t the case if you decide to sealcoat your lot. The seal takes all of the damage that would have hurt your lot and keeps it looking its best for years to come with very little upkeep once it’s applied.
Properly-laid asphalt can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years under ideal conditions. Ideal conditions are hard to come by, though, and the long-term exposure to water, chemicals, and sunlight that your parking lot experiences on top of wear and tear from vehicles can cut down on the number of years it has in it. Sealcoating your lot can double the lifespan of your pavement and cut down on repairs and maintenance.
When asphalt is first laid, it’s a beautiful, jet-black color. This lasts for a while, but as your parking lot ages, it can turn gray and dull. Sealcoating your lot will keep it looking at its best longer, and that kind of curb appeal can make your business look great and draw people in.
The fact of the matter is that parking lot maintenance is cheaper than full repairs. If you seal your asphalt parking lot within two years of installing it, it will only need to be resealed every two to three years after that. This investment is cheaper than the price you would pay later to replace it or fill in the cracks. It’s best to take care of your property now before it gets damaged.
If you would like to talk about your options for parking lot sealcoating, the team at Command7 can help. Give us a call at 855-214-2168 or fill out our contact form for more information. We provide a comprehensive list of property maintenance services.