As a business owner, it isn’t only important to keep your building maintained, but the parking lot your employees and customers are using each day as well. Over time, asphalt can start to show signs of wear and tear that can be fixed with sealcoating. However, when you have your parking lot sealcoated, there is a period of time that you can’t use it which is obviously a common concern for business owners. Andersen Asphalt & Striping is here to talk about parking lot sealcoating and how long you need to stay off it after the service is complete.
When Should I Sealcoat My Parking Lot?
When it comes to sealcoating a business parking lot, the best time of the day to do so varies. There are several things that need to be considered when deciding the best time to sealcoat. You have to think about traffic flow, striping, and closing off different sections of the parking lot to accommodate drying times. This is why many business owners choose to have their parking lots sealcoated during the evening hours. Some businesses also decide that the weekend is the best time to have their parking lot worked on. It will all come down to your needs as a business.
How Long Does it Take for Sealcoating to Cure?
The summer months are usually the best time to have your parking lot sealcoated because you need the optimal conditions that summer offers to get the best results. If the sealcoating is done during the heat of the day, you can usually walk on it within 2-4 hours of application. However, there should be no vehicles on the parking lot surface for a bare minimum of 24 hours. It is best to wait 48 hours if that is an option. Although it only takes a couple hours after applying sealcoating to be able to drive on it, for the actual sealing to be complete, it takes 30 days. You should use the parking lot with care during this final curing time.
How Do I Prepare My Driveway or Parking Lot for Sealing?
There is a bit of prep work that takes place before sealcoating happens. Following is what to expect.
– Cleanup: The parking lot should be thoroughly cleaned to get ready for inspection.
– Inspection: It is important to inspect to see what condition the asphalt is in. If there are any cracks, they will be filled before sealcoating happens.
– Repairs: All crack repairs will be made as sealcoating without repairing cracks doesn’t make any sense.
– Condition Preparation: The asphalt needs to be completely dry, and any shaded areas need to be noted as they will take longer to cure.