Not every product on the market is intended to stand alone; instead, they are designed to improve another product. For example, an uninsulated home might be an architectural masterpiece, but if you add the proper insulation, the occupants will be more comfortable and the energy bills will be lower. The paint on a car does not help it ride more comfortably, but it improves the car’s appearance and protects the metal components from rust.
Just as you would not want an unpainted car or an uninsulated home, you do not want asphalt pavement that is not sealcoated. Sealcoating improves the appearance of asphalt pavement and protects it from damage, and you can realize significant cost savings as well.
Cost Savings of Sealcoating — An Example
Estimating Your Savings
It is impossible to give a dollar amount that accurately reflects the total cost savings. Actual savings depend on the type of paved area, its size, the type and amount of traffic it receives, prices in your specific location and other factors. As a rule of thumb, however, without asphalt sealcoating, you will spend between two and four times as much on your pavement over its life. Thus, maintaining your sealcoating can save tens of thousands of dollars, and savings exceeding $100,000 are far from rare. The following example demonstrates a typical scenario.
Two parking lots have spaces for 75 cars each and receive light use. Sealcoating is applied when the pavements are installed. Over the next 12 years, Owner A has sealcoating and striping performed every four years; his total costs over the 12 years are between $50,000 and $60,000. Owner B never has the sealcoating reapplied. Because sealcoating can help make striping last longer, he has to restripe every 18 months. During the 12th year, Owner B finds his asphalt pavement has deteriorated so badly that he must have a 1.5-inch overlay installed. His total costs for the 12 years are between $165,000 and $175,000. Thus, Owner A has saved between $105,000 and $125,000 by having sealcoating reapplied as needed.
For More Information
B & E Coating Services provides a full range of asphalt maintenance services throughout the state of Michigan. We have seen for ourselves the differences that regular, professional sealcoating can make. Asphalt pavement that is properly maintained can last twice as long, and it will look much better throughout its life. We have found that optimal results are obtained when sealcoating is reapplied every two years although your actual schedule may require applications more often or less frequently. In addition to sealcoating, we offer asphalt paving, repairs, bumper block installation and many other services. To receive a free quote, you can submit our request form online or call (989) 352-7305.