Sealcoating a parking lot makes a lot of sense with the heat and ultraviolet levels in the Las Vegas area. They offer significant aesthetic benefits as well as sealcoating helps prevent damage from vehicle fluids and UV rays. It is extremely important to repair your parking lot before your contractor sealcoats it, however. Today, we at Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like to stress why repairs are necessary before you sealcoat the parking lot.
Importance of Asphalt Sealcoating for Parking Lots
If you want your parking lot to have a long life with the fewest major repairs possible, sealcoating is a vital maintenance procedure. Leaving them brittle and more prone to damage, the sun dries out asphalt pavements. Asphalt is also left soft and friable due to vehicle fluids. When compared to paying for numerous, repetitive asphalt crack-filling procedures or asphalt repairs, preventing the damage is more cost-effective. Sealcoats can refresh the color of faded asphalt as a helpful bonus in addition to contributing to fading prevention, and they can give the surface a smoother appearance.
Why Repairs are Necessary Before Sealcoating a Parking Lot
They cannot repair potholes, cracks, or other significant paving damage though sealcoating are great products. They will simply flow into pavement breaks without closing the openings since they are liquid when your paving services contractor applies them. Your sealcoating should last around two years if your contractor makes all necessary repairs first. You could need a parking lot reseal within a few months or even a few weeks if your contractor does not make the repairs.
Common Repairs that are Necessary Before Sealcoating a Parking Lot
Basically, any damage that will result in the useless waste of product should be repaired by the contractor, which includes addressing issues that could prevent bonding.
1) Asphalt Crack-filling: More than approximately a quarter of an inch wide or deep is your contractor should fill or seal any crack that.
2) Asphalt Repair: Birdbaths, potholes, and alligator cracking should be patched or otherwise repaired by an expert. Any raveling also needs addressing.
3) Cleaning: Stains are cleaned, and the contractor will also remove puddles of vehicle fluids. Your contractor should apply a primer to the stains after cleaning them as well as is possible if necessary.
Additional Information About Parking Lot Sealcoating
There are a few things you should keep in mind whether you need a parking lot reseal or an initial application.
1) Being extremely sensitive to weather conditions, sealcoating may not be applied on the occasional day that weather does not permit ideal results.
2) You will need to reapply your painted markings afterward when you sealcoat your parking lot. They will obscure your current markings as sealcoats are opaque. You might want to consider hiring a contractor who can provide both paving services as a result.
3) Deactivate it at least 24 hours before your contractor plans to begin work if you have a sprinkler system. Until at least 24 hours after your contractor completes the application, do not reactivate it.