When contractors first laid asphalt on your property, you felt confident that the slab would last for years or even decades. But now some years have passed, and you’ve probably noticed a few signs of wear and tear on the blacktop.
However, you likely don’t have to request a full repavement service to return your asphalt to like-new condition. Re-sealing the asphalt may sufficiently protect it from additional deterioration and restore much of its original strength. Discover five benefits of a new asphalt sealcoating below.
- Improve Safety for Pedestrians and Drivers
The most obvious signs that an asphalt surface needs some professional attention include visible cracks, holes, and other forms of breakage. But those asphalt imperfections are more than unsightly; they’re also potentially dangerous. Pedestrians can trip or even fall after encountering one, and large holes can cause property damage to vehicles that drive over them.
In order to avoid these safety concerns, before they occur in your business parking lot, your asphalt should be regularly sealcoated. The sealcoating protects the pavement beneath it and reduces its susceptibility to damage. As a result, you’ll find fewer trouble spots that could cause problems for people walking or driving on the asphalt.
- Protect Pavement from the Sun’s UV Rays
Although asphalt is a strong material that can withstand the force of heavy cars driving over it day by day, it isn’t invincible. And one thing that can noticeably damage asphalt is invisible to the naked eye: UV rays from the sun.
As the sun beats down on non-sealcoated asphalt, its UV rays heat up the dark surface and weaken the molecular bonds that keep the asphalt strong. While one sunny day won’t ruin asphalt, areas that experience lots of intense sunlight typically have asphalt that deteriorates at faster-than-normal pace.
Luckily, this UV damage isn’t inevitable. A sealcoat can act as the sunscreen that asphalt uses to protect itself from those powerful rays.
- Shield Asphalt From Rain
Most asphalt materials are vulnerable and susceptible to water, meaning they inherently allow water to saturate and breakdown asphalt, especially if those paving materials are not covered with a sealcoat. If too much water seeps in, it can pool beneath the asphalt and contribute to damage in the visible surface above. Rain or even water from sprinklers or hoses could cause this type of problem.
Sealcoats are one means of preventing the negative effects water can have on a paved surface. The seal protects the asphalt and keeps water out. In fact, a seal coat can turn water into an ally that helps clean your pavement instead of degrade it.
Because the sealcoat protects and coats the asphalt, the rain will instead wash over the surface of a parking lot. As it moves, the rainwater picks up dirt and other debris as it flows towards drains and gutters.
- Insulate Asphalt From Vehicle Fluids
Asphalt paving materials are vulnerable and susceptible to other liquids. Asphalt paving also frequently hosts vehicles that may drip fluids like oil or gas onto the surface. Combine those two factors, and you can easily end up with a parking lot that’s stained, discolored, or even structurally compromised by the presence of these automotive fluids.
However, a sealcoating can help prevent damage caused by those fluids. The sealcoat creates a barrier that not only keeps water out but also helps stop oil, gas, and similar chemicals from interacting with and weakening the asphalt.
- Enhance Your Business’s Curb Appeal
Although asphalt obviously serves a functional purpose, it also contributes to the overall image your store or office investments. As the top layer of any asphalt surface, the sealcoat acts as the finishing element that helps the pavement look as appealing as possible.
Freshly sealcoated asphalt looks darker and has a slight sheen to it. Any painted elements on the asphalt appear crisper and more prominent. In addition, a new sealcoat on existing pavement can minimize the appearance of small imperfections in the asphalt, such as cracks or rough spots.
Even if your clients or customers are unfamiliar with asphalt, they’ll perceive (sometimes unconsciously) those subtle enhancements a new sealcoat adds to the parking lot. A new sealcoat allows your business to make a good first impression and demonstrate your dedication to professionalism and a positive customer experience.
Don’t wait to experience these five benefits of a new sealcoat for your business’s parking lot. Call the asphalt contractors at Sealcoating America to learn more about this service.