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How Sealcoating Protects Your Small Parking Lot

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If you have a small parking lot that's in disrepair, bring it back to life with sealcoating. Sealcoating resurfaces asphalt pavement that has potholes, birdbaths and cracks. In addition, sealcoating protects your lot from water and sun damage in the future. Here's how sealcoating works and tips you can use to keep the lot problem-free once it's done.

What's Sealcoating?

Sealcoating is a technique used to cover damaged asphalt pavement with special chemicals. In most cases, the fillers contain a mixture of asphalt, water and several other ingredients that bind together to form a liquid.

Paving contractors generally apply the mixture in steps, which includes cleaning and washing your current pavement to remove dirt and leaves. In addition, the contractors will repair any structural damages, such as potholes, before sealing the lot. Once they complete the preparation steps, your contractors coat the lot. 

You'll need to keep your customers from driving or walking on the sealed lot until it dries. Your contractors ask that you wait 48 hours before reopening your lot to the public.

Place red or orange road cones with flashing lights across the entrances of the lot during the drying stage. The colors and flashing lights will keep customers out of the lot during day and night.

Will the Sealcoat Protect Your Lot From Heat and Water Damage?

One of the biggest benefits of coating your small parking lot is protection against heat and water damage. Depending on where you live in the United States, your area can receive excessive heat, snow or rain. All of these weather changes can potentially damage an unprotected lot. 

Your sealcoat creates a protective barrier between the elements and your lot's pavement. Instead of penetrating it, rainwater and melting snow form small beads of water on the surface of the coated lot. The sealcoat also blocks heat, which can dry out untreated pavement. 

How Often Should You Have Your Lot Sealcoated?

You should have the lot resealed every two to three years. But you can wait longer to reseal the lot if it doesn't contain any damages. Your paving contractor will discuss the appropriate time for your particular parking lot after completing the work.

However, you should contact your contractors as soon as possible if you notice any signs of cracking in the lot. Even a small crack can damage the lot if it enlarges. 

If you want to know more about sealcoating, get in touch with a company like Hals Construction.