What New Parking Lot Owners Should Know About Sealcoating Their New Asphalt Parking Lot

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Once your new parking lot is installed, you'll need to find out what you can about the care and maintenance of the asphalt. One of the regular maintenance tasks your parking lot will require is sealcoating. If you're a new business owner or just new to the whole business of maintaining a parking lot, these answers to commonly asked questions can help.

What is sealcoating?

Sealcoating is the process of covering your asphalt parking lot with a layer of coal tar emulsion to protect it from the elements like sun and rain. Sealcoating also protects your parking lot from oil spills and the usual wear and tear that occurs from having a lot of cars driving on its surface at one time.

When should the first sealcoating take place?

Sealcoating is a process that parking lot owners usually do for the first time around one year after the parking lot is installed. After that, the parking lot is sealcoated every few years, after the surface of the parking lot starts to look colored, dry and cracked.

At what time of year can you sealcoat the parking lot?

Moisture can cause the curing process to take longer to cure, so sealcoating takes place when the weather is sunny, warm and dry.

Where will customers park during the sealcoating process?

Sealcoating can be done in sections. When one section of the parking lot is cordoned off for sealcoating and the other sections are open for traffic, business can continue more or less as usual. Cordoning off parts of the parking lot is done one section at a time until the entire parking lot is finished.

How long will it be before customers can park on the newly sealcoated parking lot?

It takes a few days before customers can drive on the new sealcoated sections of the parking lot. 

What can business owners do to prepare for seal coating?

Turn off your sprinkler system on the day of the sealcoating. If your customers will need special parking instructions, put up warning signs. 

Will sealcoating fill the cracks in the parking lot?

The biggest cracks will be filled at the beginning of the sealcoating process, but the sealcoat itself will not actually fill the cracks. The small cracks will still be there and will still be visible after the sealcoating process is complete.

For more information about your parking lot sealcoating, contact your asphalt paving contractor like one from ASAP Asphalt Sealing & Paving Co.

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24 July 2015

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