The Best Sealcoating Practices for Asphalt Parking Lots

What Is Sealcoating?

A sealcoat is a product that is used to cover another object for protection and aesthetics. Asphalt sealcoating bonds to the pavement to create a protective barrier against automotive fluids, UV rays, and other potentially damaging forces. Asphalt sealcoating also deliver cosmetic benefits, including restoring faded pavements to their original dark color.

What Are the Sealcoating Practices My Asphalt Maintenance Contractor Should Follow?

Periodic applications of a high-grade sealcoat are essential to asphalt durability, so you want to make sure that your contractor follows the best sealcoating practices. These can be loosely grouped into four categories: planning, timing, asphalt preparation, and the sealcoat application.

What Does the Planning Stage of Asphalt Sealcoating Encompass?

During the planning stage, your contractor should inspect your parking lot to determine whether there is damage to the pavement that must be repaired. The inspection should also look for areas that will require special attention. The contractor will recommend the best safe seal (TM) sealant design for your parking lot; we recommend that you insist on a commercial grade safe seal (TM) sealant that does not contain toxic coal tar, such as the asphalt emulsion sealant manufactured by Safe Seal(TM). During the planning stage, you and your contractor will discuss a number of details, including whether you need to keep part of your lot open at all times, when your lot typically receives the least traffic, and how your contractor plans to control traffic in or around your parking lot.

What Does Timing Matter for Applying Asphalt Sealcoating?

Sealcoat are quite sensitive to the weather. Your contractor should choose a day when the temperature will be at least 50 degrees and rising, the skies will not be overcast, the humidity will be as low as possible, and a light breeze will be blowing. Furthermore, the weather forecast should not predict rain on the day of or the day after the application.

Why Is Asphalt Preparation Included With Sealcoating Practices?

Sealcoats cannot bond properly to a dirty pavement. Contractors must clean the pavement thoroughly, and this includes removing deposits of oil. It may be necessary to prime oil stains or other areas where establishing a strong bond may be problematic. Asphalt preparation also includes repairing cracks and other pavement damage.

What Does a Sealcoating Application Entail?

It is critical for the contractor to properly sealcoat the pavement.based on traffic paterns and use case., your contractor should apply two coats in most commercial parking lot cases, allowing the first to dry before applying the second. If your parking lot contains landscaping islands, structures, or curbs, your contractor may need to edge around them manually so that the sealant does not stain or damage them. If you are having your contractor repaint your line striping and pavement markings, the second coat of sealant must be allowed to dry adequately first.

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We are a well-respected, highly experienced company specializing in the maintenance and repair of asphalt pavements. Our services include asphalt crack repair, sealcoating, asphalt patching, infrared asphalt repair, parking lot stripingasphalt millingparking lot sweepingasphalt pavingpothole repair, and power washing. We also construct and repair concrete, repair drains and catch basins, and repair gravel driveways. We have an exceptional reputation for service and workmanship. If you are interested in receiving a free quote, complete the online request form, or call 800-SEAL-817.