If you don't maintain your asphalt driveway or parking lot properly, it will start developing cracks. These cracks can undermine the longevity of the asphalt materials, which means that you might end up spending a lot on maintenance of the driveway because of constant cracks. Fortunately, whether you have repaired cracks in your driveway/parking lot or not, you can prevent the cracking as part of preventative maintenance by sealcoating it. Here is how sealcoating acts to enhance the longevity of your asphalt parking lot or driveway.
Sealcoating Will Seal the Small Cracks in Your Asphalt Parking Lot/Driveway
Small cracks can easily develop into larger ones that might be more costly to repair. In addition, the sealcoat serves as a waterproofing agent that prevents snow, water, and ice from finding its way through your driveway and down to the base materials. Water and snow are among the major agents of cracking in the asphalt because of freezing and thawing cycles.
Sealcoating Offers Protection against Effects of the Sun and Leaking Fluids
Oils and vehicle fuel are typical of driveways and parking lots. These leaking foods can affect the structural integrity of the asphalt if they seep through it. UV rays from the sun may also have an effect on your asphalt driveway or parking lot with time. Sealcoating fills all the voids on the surface, sealing the pathway through which fuels and oils can find its way through the surface. The sealcoat also reduces the exposure of UV rays to your asphalt surface.
Sealcoating Enhances the Resilience of Your Asphalt Surfaces
First, a newly applied sealcoat also serves to improve the look of your asphalt driveway or parking lot with its new colour. The sealcoat also serves to hide the cracks, rough spots, and patches that may affect the aesthetic appeal of your driveway or parking lot. Besides hiding the cracks, sealcoating can help enhance the visibility of the traffic lines on your parking lot.
When the sealcoat is applied correctly, it will help create a non-porous asphalt surface, which allows for ease of cleaning, especially when using rainwater or hose water to wash dirt and other debris off the surface.
Sealcoating your driveway or parking lot is a great way of enhancing its service life. This simple preventative maintenance technique will enhance the durability and aesthetic appeal of your asphalt pavements, whether a driveway or parking lot. Therefore, instead of waiting to repave your entire parking lot or driveway, consider sealcoating it when doing asphalt repairs, and you might save a significant amount of money.