Seal Coating is suggested as a regular form of maintenance for asphalt paved structures such as driveways or parking lots. If you maintain a property or own a business in Texas, you may wonder if seal coating is really necessary or if it’s something you can skip to save costs. In this article we’ll cover the many reasons to seal coat your driveway or parking lot this fall.
7 Reasons to Seal Coat Your Driveway or Parking Lot This Fall
1. Seal Coating Extends Pavement Life
Seal coating adds a protective layer over your driveway or parking lot, a shell that helps to protect it from the elements. This is particularly important as we edge closer to the winter months that will bring cold temperatures, precipitation and frost. Since sealcoating protects you against all the other problems listed below, it will inevitably extend the life of your pavement.
2. Seal Coating Helps Prevent High Repair Costs
Without seal coating, your parking lot or driveway is exposed to the elements, which over time will cause damage such as cracks and potholes. Repairing these damages can be expensive, and if damage isn’t contained then it could mean that you need a whole new driveway or parking lot. These expensive costs can be kept in check with seal coating.
3. Seal Coating Protects Against Water and the Freeze-Thaw Cycle
An unprotected driveway or parking lot that is not sealed is vulnerable to the elements, in particular water damage. This problem is made worse over the winter when water can seep in small cracks then freeze. Frozen water expands, and this causes larger cracks and other forms of damage. Seal coating can help prevent this damage because it seals in the small cracks and helps to keep water out.
4. Seal Coating Blocks the Drying Effects of the Sun
The sun can also damage your driveway or parking lot, and it is a threat year-round, not just in the summer months. Just like dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen even in the winter, seal coating fills surface voids and protects your asphalt surfaces from the sun all year long.
5. Seal Coating Prevents Damage from Auto Fluids
Asphalt is a petroleum product, and when auto fluids such as oil and gas fall on the surface it can dissolve into the asphalt, softening the surface and eventually causing breakage and cracks. Oil and gas are inevitably going to fall onto your asphalt driveway or parking lot. You can clean up the spills, but you can also protect your parking lot or driveway from this damage with seal coating.
6. Seal Coating Keeps Asphalt Looking New and Beautiful
Seal coating goes on in a dark black color that immediately boosts the appearance of your asphalt and the overall look of your property. It also provides a smooth, non-porous surface that will allow rain to easily wash dirt and debris away, keeping your parking lot clean and beautiful.
7. Fall Is the Best Time to Seal Coat
Seal Coating is not a job that can be tackled in every season. Spring and fall are the best times to sealcoat because seal coating requires temperatures above 50 and a period of 24 hours without heavy rain. Fall is also an ideal time because it allows you to protect your driveway or parking lot just before winter hits.
As this list suggests, Seal Coating is not something you should skip – although it may save you in the short term, it will inevitably cost you in the long term as your driveway or parking lot begins to crack and deteriorate.
Fall is the best time for seal coating, so if your driveway or parking lot is due for a sealcoat, give Integrity Paving a call at (512) 853-9009.