Should I sealcoat my company’s commercial parking lot?

Where commercial properties are concerned, high-quality, professionally installed asphalt parking surfaces and driveways are worth their weight in gold. Add ongoing maintenance to this solid asphalt surface, and you’ll see yourself up for success with an investment built to last for many years to come. With proper maintenance techniques, your commercial asphalt surface can last 20 years or more with careful repair of minor issues, along with a quality sealcoating process every few years.  

Throughout our 50 years in business, many Libs Paving Company customers have asked, “Is sealcoating even worth it?” We always answer with a resounding, “Absolutely, Yes!” When a company invests in top-quality asphalt pavement for its parking lots and surrounding areas, it should withstand the elements, stand the test of time, and look beautiful for years to come. That’s where crack filling and a proper sealcoating process come into play.

First and foremost, sealcoating can help prevent costly repairs and premature replacement of your commercial asphalt surface. Sealcoating helps extend the life of your asphalt pavement by resisting the effects of harmful weather elements. It is simply the most cost-effective solution to protecting this significant investment to your property.

Harsh outside elements and extreme temperature variations (like we experience here in Kentuckiana!) are frequent culprits of deteriorating asphalt surfaces. Other factors compromising to asphalt surfaces include salts used to melt ice in wintertime, oxidation by UV rays of the sun, along with gasoline and motor oil drippings among other factors. In short, the longer an asphalt surface is exposed to exterior elements, the faster it will deteriorate and become a crumbled mess. This reality ultimately could present a dangerous scenario for anyone visiting your lot, along with presenting an unsightly, unkempt image.

The good news – you can help keep asphalt deterioration at bay with sealcoating from Libs Paving Company. Here are a few important things to know about sealcoating and its role in extending the life of your commercial pavement’s asphalt!

Crack filling is a crucial first step.

Widely fluctuating temperatures and various weather conditions can contribute to cracks and potholes in asphalt surfaces. Prior to a sealcoating process, the professionals at Libs Pavement will carefully check paved surface for any cracks or other damages that may require repair. This step will help ensure the integrity of the solid surface prior to laying a topcoat. A rubberized sealant will prevent water and other potentially damaging debris from entering the aggregate base layer. 

Debris removal provides a cleaner surface.

Along with crack filling, careful cleaning of the asphalt surface needs to take place. Wire brushes are typically used in clearing much of this debris, along with adequate removal of any significant oil staining, which may affect sealcoat adhesion.

Temperature matters!

The professionals at Libs Pavement can help you determine the best time to lay your asphalt sealcoat – because outside temperature does matter! In short, avoid wintertime. Ideally, in order for a sealcoat to set up properly and ensure optimum performance, outside temperatures need to be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit during application. Additionally, this minimum temperature needs to remain in place for at least eight hours following application.

Sealcoating asphalt periodically makes a difference.

We recommend sealcoating your pavement one year after asphalt has been initially installed. After that, we suggest sealcoating the asphalt every four-to-five years to maximize its lifespan.

Sealcoating will freshen-up the look of your parking area.

Along with parking lot striping and pavement marking, a fresh layer of sealcoat will do the trick when you want to make things look new again. If your asphalt is in great shape but just needs a bit o f a “facelift”, call Libs Paving Company. 

Sealcoating saves money long-term.

Regular sealcoating intervals can help prevent more costly repairs or even premature replacement of the entire pavement. Think of sealcoating as protecting the investment you’ve made in your asphalt surface. 

Founded in 1971, Libs Paving Company is a family-owned and locally operated business, specializing in a wide range of asphalt services for residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal contracts. Now with three generations involved in its business operations, Libs Paving takes great pride in our work and providing personal, professional asphalt services to our customers.

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