The simplest explanation to why you should sealcoat asphalt pavement is to extend the life of your pavement investment.
The original pavement investment made by you as a property owner or facilities maintenance professional is a significant one. Anything your paving contractor can do to slow the deterioration of the asphalt pavement will improve the life cycle costs to that investment. Sealcoating, when used as part of a comprehensive pavement maintenance program, is key to extending the life of your pavement.
The top benefits of sealcoating asphalt include the most noticeable one; it’s visual appearance, read on to learn more.
The first thing most people notice about a parking lot that has had sealcoating applied is it’s dark, clean appearance. The rich black color is once again restored and makes quite a nice impression on visitors and tenants of a facility. But, aesthetics aren’t the only reason to sealcoat your parking lot.
Resisting and Slowing Oxidation from the Sun
Asphalt pavement itself is no competition to ultraviolet radiation and sunlight. Exposing asphalt to sunlight will result in pavement oxidation. This loss of its ability to deflect water can and will accelerate cracking and surface raveling.
When asphalt pavement is first laid, it’s filled with oil. It is important that some of the oil to oxidize because this process is what increases the hardness of the pavement. However, if too much of the oils oxidize out, the pavement becomes brittle and more susceptible to cracking. It’s a balancing act. Your paving contractor can advise you on how long to let the pavement oxidize and to what extent and when sealcoat before it goes too far, past a recoverable point.
Extending the Life and Value of the Asphalt Pavement
Sealcoating a poorly constructed asphalt pavement will not make up for improper base material placement or poor compaction of materials, or if an incorrect thickness of hot mix is utilized. However, assuming the asphalt pavement was well constructed, sealcoating will protect the asphalt binder by slowing down deterioration from oxidation, therefore extending its lifespan.
About ABC Paving and Sealcoating
With more than 20 years of experience, ABC Paving and Sealcoating is Florida’s leading paving contractor. ABC Paving and Sealcoating provides commercial organizations with the highest level of customer service, professional workmanship and services including: asphalt paving, asphalt repairs and prevention, pothole repairs, sealcoating, line striping and pavement marking, thermoplastic, crack filing, signs and safety devices, concrete sidewalks, concrete curbs, site preparation and signs and safety devices. We use our experience and the latest equipment available to get the job done right the first time in a timely, cost effective manner. For more information about ABC Paving and Sealcoating, visit our website at http://pavingandsealcoating.com or call 866-934-7623 for a free estimate.