Asphalt parking lots are a key factor of a property’s value which is why sealcoating is one of the most crucial elements of a Pavement Maintenance Plan. Asphalt pavement, if left untreated, will deteriorate quickly because the asphalt binder, which holds the pavement together, begins to oxidize and weather soon after installation. Consequently, the asphalt becomes brittle and allows moisture to penetrate the pavement causing further damage and deterioration resulting in unstable and cracking asphalt as well as a faded blacktop surface. Below are a few reasons why sealcoating should be a major part of your Pavement Maintenance Plan.
A typical sealcoat consists of either coal tar pitch or asphalt emulsion mix that include inert fillers, water, sand, emulsifying agents, and/or latex additives. Using the most modern industry equipment, we apply sealer in a multiple coat fashion which provides superior protection against water, petroleum spills, salt, oxidation from the sun, and other damaging elements. Maintaining your asphalt with a routine sealcoat program can extend the life of your pavement by nearly 300%, according to the Pavement Coatings Technology Center at the University of Nevada at Reno.
Often times a commercial parking lot is a customers’ or tenants’ first impression. If the pavement on the property looks weathered and/or deteriorated, that can hinder an outsider’s perspective on the property itself or even the tenants, residents, and/or businesses within the facility. Sealcoating your pavement will project a positive image on the facility and ensure a good first impression.
Unfortunately, asphalt begins to deteriorate in a very short period of time. Your pavement requires standard maintenance to ensure it achieves years of optimal performance and appearance even with 24/7 use. An independent study, by the Pavement Coatings Technology Center at the University of Nevada at Reno, shows conclusive evidence that maintaining your asphalt with sealcoat every 3 years saves an average of $15.25 per square yard or $152,500 for an average 10,000 square yard commercial parking lot over 15 years. This equates to a 48% savings over the cost of an unmaintained parking lot. With unstable oil prices, these savings are often even higher. The cost of sealcoating is a minor expense, compared to the cost of pavement replacement after years of neglect.