If you have an asphalt parking lot for your business, you want to make sure that the parking lot will last as long as possible and stay in good shape for as long as possible. After all, your parking lot is an investment, and it's the first place your customers see when they approach your business. One of the things that you can do is to make sure that your parking lot is seal coated. You should have this done when your parking lot is installed and then again regularly. Your asphalt contractor can tell you how often you should have your lot resealed. Seal coating comes with a lot of benefits for your parking lot.
The weather isn't easy on anything. The sun, rain, heat, and cold can all adversely affect your lot. For example, if there are cracks in your parking lot, water can get into them and gradually wear them away, opening them more. If the weather is cold and the water freezes, it will expand and cause the crack to expand. Unlike most liquids, water actually expands when it freezes because of the crystalline structures in the ice. When it thaws, the larger crack will allow more water in, and the water can get into deeper spaces than before, and when it freezes, the whole thing starts over again. This can eventually lead to holes in your parking lot forming. Part of the sealing process is to fill in cracks and then seal over the repairs, adding that extra level of protection.
Seal coating your asphalt parking lot also helps to protect it from fluids that cars can drip on. Even the best cars leak some fluids at some point, whether it's oil, condensation from the air conditioners, or coolant. While none of those fluids are particularly good for your parking lot, oil and gas are going to be the worst. That comes down to what asphalt is made of. It is a multipart product. The black part of the asphalt is called bitumen, and it is a petroleum product from early in the refining process. It can be affected by other petroleum products, like gas and oil. Seal coating will keep those fluids from touching the asphalt, protecting it.
If you have an asphalt parking lot for your business, you want it to look good.
For more information about asphalt sealcoating, contact a local company.