If you want to keep your asphalt parking lot in place and not have to rip it out and replace it, you will want to engage in regular sealcoating. Sealcoating offers many benefits for your parking lot that are important for you to be aware of.
#1: Stop Water from Getting Under the Surface
The one thing that ruins an asphalt driveway is when water gets under its surface. When you add a layer of sealant to the driveway, there will be very fine aggregate in the coating. This fine aggregate will fill in hairline cracks that are too small to apply a cold patch to but large enough to allow water to penetrate below the surface of the asphalt and damage it. The more you can keep water out, the longer the asphalt will last.
#2: Enhances the Texture
Next, when you apply a sealcoat to your asphalt, you add tiny sand-size particles to the surface of the asphalt. Those fine particles help to enhance the texture of the parking lot and make it more skid-resistant. Essentially, it will be harder to slide around when your parking lot is wet when you engage in regular sealcoating.
#3: Increase the Flexibility
Third, asphalt pavement is not rigid, even if it looks hard. It is actually a flexible surface that moves at a microscopic level when trucks and vehicles drive on it. Over time, the asphalt will lose some of its flexibility, which will cause cracks to develop. By adding a new sealcoating layer, your parking lot will retain its flexibility, and the chance of cracks will be reduced. You will keep the pavement flexible and ensure that it isn't too brittle.
#4: Easier to Clean
Fourth, as your parking lot wears down, it becomes harder to clean. If you try to sweep an asphalt parking lot after two or three years, the broom will get caught on the surface. If you sealcoat the parking lot, and then you go out and sweep it, the broom will move easily without getting caught. If you value a clean parking lot, a sealant layer will make your parking lot look newer and will be easier to take care of as well.
With an asphalt parking lot, it is essential to work with a contractor and get your driveway sealcoated every few years. This will improve the flexibility, prevent cracks, keep water from damaging the material, and enhance the texture, providing greater grip.
Contact a local paving contractor to learn more about sealcoating.