Although it is far less costly to install an asphalt parking lot than build one with concrete, it is still a significant expense. Naturally, you do not want to face huge repair bills or a total reconstruction if you can avoid the costs. The best way to accomplish this is through a professional maintenance plan that includes sealcoating.
Will Sealcoating My Asphalt Parking Lot Save Money?
How Will Sealcoating My Asphalt Parking Lot Help Me Save Money?
Parking lot sealcoating should be an integral part of your routine maintenance. Sealants block the harmful effects of the sun, including removing moisture from the asphalt, turning the pavement brittle and increasing the likelihood of cracks and potholes, and fading its color to an unsightly brown or gray. Sealcoats also help prevent petroleum-based automotive fluids from reaching the pavement, which can result in soft, crumbly spots that can turn into potholes within a relatively short time. By preventing the damage from occurring, you save money on repairs. Furthermore, sealcoats bring back the color of a new pavement, making your parking lot more appealing. Customers are more prone to patronize your company if your parking lot is attractive and properly maintained. Therefore, you can count the business that you might have lost due to a neglected parking lot as savings.
Besides Sealcoating, What Other Paving Services Should I Include in My Maintenance Plan?
A good parking lot maintenance plan should include timely repairs, regular cleanings, and periodic re-striping and marking. Most plans also include the replacement or repair of damaged wheel stops, signs, drainage grates, and curbs. It can be advantageous to find a striping company that can also provide all of your parking lot maintenance services. An experienced asphalt contractor will know how to coordinate the various steps to minimize any disruption to your operations.
When Should I Sealcoat My Parking Lot?
A new parking lot should get its first application of a sealant within its first year of life. You need to wait until the asphalt has had time to cure, which is typically at least three months. After that, you should have your maintenance contractor apply fresh sealcoat every two to four years. Because there are so many variables that can affect the precise interval, you should ask your asphalt company to recommend the timing of your initial application as well as the subsequent applications.
Is Asphalt Crack Sealing the Same Thing as Parking Lot Sealcoating?
Although cracks need to be repaired before a sealcoat is applied, the two procedures are entirely different. Asphalt crack sealing is a method of repairing cracks. Sealcoats are intended to help prevent the formation of cracks and other pavement damage. If your contractor applies a sealcoat over cracks that should have been repaired first, the sealcoat will not be able to mend the break. Instead, it will flow down the sides of the crack, leaving the actual break open to rain, oil, and other chemicals that will cause accelerated pavement deterioration and foundation damage. You could be faced with more frequent and more costly repairs.
Why Should I Call Marathon Solutions Group for My Parking Lot Maintenance?
Marathon Solutions is one of the Houston area’s leading asphalt paving and maintenance companies with a remarkable reputation for integrity, craftsmanship, service, and professionalism. We apply high-quality sealcoats, and our other paving services include asphalt crack sealing, concrete repairs, asphalt paving, traffic sign installation, asphalt milling, base stabilization, bollard installation, structural reconstructions, concrete installation, thermoplastic markings, parking lot striping, marking removal, and drainage improvements. Ask us for a free quote by completing the online request form, calling 800-879-1147, or emailing [email protected].