How Long Does Sealcoating Last?
I don’t think there is anyone that I know that likes getting their brakes replaced on their car. It takes time and it’s expensive. However, we know how important it is. If you don’t replace the brake you can cause damage to your car or worse yet, hurt someone else if your brakes give out. My point is, some things in life you just have to keep up to date. Asphalt Sealant is another one of those things.
Why Do We Have To Re-apply Sealant?
There are a number of reasons that sealant should be reapplied. In the best case scenario sealant can last up to 3 years, but it is recommended that it be redone every 2 years. Here’s why you should stick to that recommendation. Parking lots aren’t like other things. Certain parts get used way more than others. Driving lanes for example get much more wear and tear than the parking spaces themselves. However, parking spaces are more subject to chemical damage from leaks caused by cars. So, you can see that even though some parts of your asphalt may look in good shape, others probably need attention.
Sticking to the 2 year standard also makes sure that you’re avoiding some costly future repairs. Typically when you have your parking lot covered with sealant you have other things done as well. Cracks are cleaned and filled to prevent further cracking, potholes can be fixed and addressed at that time, and low areas where water may accumulate can be fixed as well.
There is another thing that you can’t see that is addressed as well. The sun has powerful UV rays that can dry out asphalt over time if it’s not properly protected. Asphalt sealant has special additives that help it block out this type of damage, but once it wears down, it’s subject to damage that may be irreversible.
Sticking To The Plan
Experts in the field don’t arbitrarily select a year and say you should do it every 2 years. There is a lot of science and experience that goes into this recommendation. Installing a parking lot is expensive, but having to remove a parking lot and THEN install another is even more expensive. In some things in life it really is better to be safe than sorry. This recommendation helps to protect your initial investment as well as spare you future, costly expenses. Studies show for every dollar you spend on asphalt maintenance, you will save 6 to 8 dollars in replacement costs.
If you Have any questions or may not be sure when the last time you had sealcoat applied to your asphalt then you should contact B&E coating Services , LLC “The asphalt maintenance specialists”. One of our experts can come do an evaluation to see what needs to be done to keep your asphalt in tip top shape. You can contact here for any questions or to set up a free consultation.