While sealcoating your asphalt when you experience harsh, cold winters is important, it is equally important to have your asphalt seal coated when you live in the harsh heat of Las Vegas, Nevada as well. The sun can do a number on your asphalt which leaves it susceptible to other issues that can be costly to repair. When you have the surface seal coated, it offers the protection your asphalt needs to withstand the extreme heat. Andersen Asphalt & Striping is here to talk about some signs that will help you know what it is time to sealcoat your asphalt.
Color of Asphalt
When you first have your asphalt laid down, it is a dark, shiny black. There is nothing better than the smooth, black surface that you see right after it is installed. This should be the color that it stays. As the asphalt ages, and goes through summer after summer, you will likely start to see a change in its color. This is one of the first signs that you may need sealcoat. If your asphalt is no long dark black and has shifted to a grey color, it’s time to sealcoat.
Cracks & Potholes are Present
As your asphalt starts to degrade, cracks and potholes can start to form. One of the first signs of breakdown comes from oxidation of untreated pavement surfaces. As this starts to happen, the asphalt becomes dry and brittle. As this happens, the top layer starts to slowly erode and leave the aggregate exposed and susceptible to small cracks and holes. Potholes are an even bigger problem as they start to form. Potholes are usually caused when there is moisture that is trapped in the underlying soil structure. If you have potholes all over in your parking lot, they can be unsightly and a danger to drivers. As potholes start to form, they will only get bigger when they aren’t fixed and as traffic continues to move over the surface. Both potholes and cracks should be repaired regularly to extend the life of your asphalt.
Sealcoating to Prevent Issues
Cracks, potholes and discoloration can be completely avoided when you have your asphalt seal coated regularly. To apply sealcoating, the surface will need to be cleaned thoroughly. If the surface of your asphalt isn’t prepared properly, the sealcoating won’t adhere to the surface and provide the protection needed. Once sealcoat has been applied, it is important to give it 24-48 hours to cure before using the parking lot again.
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If it’s starting to look like your parking lot needs sealcoating, you can rely on the experts at Andersen Asphalt & Striping to not only provide you with the sealcoating that your parking lot needs, but the striping that will be needed afterwards as well. You can expect nothing but the best when you choose to work with us. Call us today!