Sealcoating: FAQs

Posted on: 25 July 2019

As the owner of a business with an asphalt parking lot, it is important to maintain a professional, clean parking lot, but this cannot be done without parking lot maintenance. One tool that can be used in parking lot maintenance is sealcoating, which is great at covering up unappealing cracks and damage. Parking lots that are excessively dirty and damaged tend to turn customers away and may even cause them to not return. In many ways, sealcoating can help maintain your company's reputation. Keep reading to learn the answers to some commonly asked questions about sealcoating.

How Can Sealcoating Benefit My Business's Parking Lot?

Sealcoating offers a binder on your parking lot that includes various ingredients like emulsified asphalt and sand that helps to protect it from oxidation as well as other damage from the elements. It keeps the top layer of the surface from wearing away. Once that top layer breaks down, the exposed aggregate essentially crumbles from being exposed to the elements.

When Is the Best Time to Have Sealcoating Done?

The product used for sealcoating can dry too quickly in the hot weather, which can result in it flaking or peeling. It is easier to perform sealcoating during colder weather, though it requires more effort and preparation. Ideally, sealcoating services should be performed when the temperatures are between 50 and 70 degrees for a 24-hour period to ensure that the product binds adequately.

How Long Does Sealcoating Take?

The duration of the sealcoating process will greatly depend on how small or large your parking lot is. However, for an average-sized parking lot, you can expect the duration of the sealcoating process to take roughly one to two days. To ensure that you don't lose revenue while the sealcoating is taking place, consider scheduling the service when your business will be closed for a couple of days, possibly for renovations.

How Long Until the Parking Lot Can Be Used Again?

It will take somewhere between 24 and 48 hours for the sealcoated parking lot to fully cure. This time period allows for water from the product to completely evaporate. However, the exact timeframe will depend on the weather at the time of the sealcoating service. If it is sunny and hot, the binder in the sealcoating product will dry faster than if it is cloudy and cooler.

If you would like to learn more about sealcoating your parking lot, reach out to a company like A Thru Z Construction today. 

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