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When Should You Seal Coat Asphalt Pavement?

Seal coating an asphalt pavement parking lot is essential to protecting your investment.

How can you tell when you should sealcoat asphalt? After new pavement is installed, it’s recommended to wait approximately six months to one year before seal coating. Having your parking area seal coated can double the life expectancy of the asphalt. Asphalt sealant protects your asphalt against the damaging effects of rain and harmful UV rays.  The sealant also protects your asphalt from oil, gas, antifreeze or any other chemicals that can leak onto the asphalt and eat away at the pavement.

When Should I Have Seal Coating Re-applied? There is no exact schedule to when seal coating should be reapplied. For maximum protection it is recommended to have sealant applied every three years to maintain the surface quality throughout the lifetime of your parking lot. Much of this depends on weather extremes. (Heat, Drought, Excessive Rain)

If you don’t have records to tell you how long it’s been since your parking area was seal coated, you can visually determine when you should have Integrity Paving and Coatings property consultants visit your site. The most noticeable signs of asphalt deterioration are asphalt color changing from black to gray and small cracks developing. Cracks widen over time allowing water to penetrate to the sub-surface. When you start noticing these changes, it’s time to seal coat.  Damage will continue if preventative treatment measures are not taken. Integrity Paving and Coatings property consultants can assess your parking lot and make recommendations for treatment to protect your asphalt and your investment.

Why Should I Seal Coat Asphalt Pavement? There are several reasons you should have your asphalt pavement seal coated.  First, to make your parking lot look better and last longer – seal coating is the answer. Seal coating stops weather damage by preventing damaging effects of water penetration. It also prevents the sun’s ultraviolet rays from hardening and drying out the asphalt pavement surface. This damaging effect is called oxidation. Another reason you should have your parking lots asphalt seal coated is that it resists gasoline and oil spills and all other road chemicals. And finally, asphalt seal coating also restores the pavement to a black color, which enhances the overall appearance of your property.

 Worried About Down Time and Inconvenience? No need to worry about the effect of having a paving contractor shut down your parking lot for an extended period of time. Integrity’s management team and crews are highly experienced in the logistics and efficiency’s to minimize the inconvenience. We create a plan and communicate thoroughly with you to get the job done right and to minimize the impact for your residents, tenants, customers, visitors, staff and other building occupants.

Schedule your free, on-site consultation and estimate today! Call Integrity Paving & Coatings at (512) 853-9009 or get your quote online.

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