Sealcoating is ideal in most climates, but is especially fitting in warmer climates, such as Southern Nevada. Asphalt is a petroleum product and when it comes into contact with other petroleum products, such as gasoline and oil, there is a reaction to the surface. To provide a barrier against those materials as they leak out of vehicles, the sealcoat plays a primary role. Sealcoat can save a facility owner substantially over the service life of asphalt pavement when properly applied. Today, we at Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like to take the opportunity to discuss when you can identify it is time to sealcoat your parking lot.
Signs of Asphalt Pavement Cracking & Deterioration
Due to its flexibility, adhesive and waterproofing properties, asphalt has been used extensively in Nevada for parking lot surfaces. Eventually, asphalt will need to have a fresh application of sealcoat to protect it from degradation, just like any other material that is exposed to the sun, moisture, and regular foot and vehicle traffic. The change in color, potholes, and cracks are the primary indicators of deterioration.
Parking Lot Color
A sign of deteriorating asphalt pavement is the color. When you first install asphalt pavement, it is a rich black color. Over time and use, it will fade to gray as it degrades.
Condition of Parking Lot
Over the course of time, both cracks and potholes can also develop a parking lot’s surface. Asphalt becomes brittle and dry. Asphalt failure commonly begins with the oxidation of an untreated pavement surface. The larger aggregate is exposed which leads to small cracks on the pavements surface when the top layer of fine particles erodes. Caused by the presence of water in the underlying soil structure, a pothole is a type of failure in an asphalt pavement. Due to traffic passing over the affected area, potholes grow as the asphalt structure is eroded. As part of a preventative maintenance plan, these types of damages need to be repaired on a regular basis.
How to Apply Sealcoat
The parking lot surface must be completely cleaned using sweeping machines prior to the application of sealcoat. To assure all particles are removed, blowers and manually sweeping the surfaces with a broom. The sealcoat may not adhere to the pavement surface in the event the surface is not clean. With either pressurized spray equipment, self-propelled squeegee machines, or by hand with a squeegee, asphalt pavement sealcoating is applied. The sealer is applied since the sealer materials are continually agitated to maintain consistency. The sealcoat will need 24 to 48 hours to cure before the parking area can be open to vehicular traffic once the application is complete.
Asphalt Sealcoating Services & More in Reno, Elko, Henderson, North LV, Paradise, Spring Valley, Sunrise Manor, Las Vegas, NV | State of Nevada
When your parking lot needs sealcoat application in Nevada, call in the professionals of Andersen Asphalt & Striping. We have the skilled team of qualified technicians that use advanced equipment and premium products to ensure your sealcoat services are executed with superior quality.