All pavements, regardless of where it’s located, is subject to the damaging effects of water, weather, and standard wear and tear, causing the life of the parking lot to shorten. Fortunately, Sunny Paving’s nationwide team of pavement sealcoating experts is here to protect your pavement from the elements and consistent use.
What Is Sealcoating?
Sealcoating is the process of sealing and protecting asphalt surfaces from oxidation, moisture, fading and erosion. Sealcoating is critical to the integrity of asphalt structures, and is the best way to maintain your parking lot.
Sealcoating is one of the most important elements in a pavement management plan, because sealcoating:
- Protects paved surfaces against the scourge of chemicals, snow salt, water and ultraviolet rays;
- Minimizes exposure to oxygen and UV rays;
- Ensures the longevity of asphalt surfaces, and
- Improves the visual aesthetic of the pavement and the property it covers.
What is Sealcoating Made of?
A sealcoat consists of either coal tar pitch or asphalt cement mixed with inert fillers, water, emulsifying agents or additives. Applied in thin coats, pavement sealing is used to protect off-highway pavement surfaces against gasoline, oil, salt, water, and ultraviolet rays.
What Does Sealcoating Do?
A sealcoat is applied to asphalt structures as a preventative measure to protect the paved surface from gasoline, salt, water, ultraviolet rays and oil – all substances which erode and damage asphalt.
The sealcoating acts like a barrier, filling in any small cracks or areas where moisture seeps in, and preserving the structural integrity of your asphalt. Sealcoating also provides a fresh, new appearance and improves the aesthetic of the entire property. Of the many benefits of sealcoating your pavement, there are three that stand out as especially beneficial to business.
Benefits of Sealcoating Include:
- Beautification – When covered with a dark black sealant, pavement looks and wears like new. Fresh sealcoating also projects a positive image of the company, facility, or residential complex.
- Protection – The value of protecting your parking lot from cracking, fading and erosion cannot be overstated. Beyond the aesthetic value, protecting your pavement from weather, water, and regular wear and tear is the best way to avoid the cost of a full pavement replacement.
- Longevity – Sealcoating as a part of regular pavement maintenance is the best way to ensure the integrity, longevity and value of your pavement. Like any property investment, the more you care for your pavement, the less it costs to maintain over time.