Why Sealcoating is the Best Defense Against Winter
Summer is almost gone, Fall will be here before you know it and then Winter will be just around the corner!
Why am I discussing the weather? Because the extremes of temperature that we experience in New Jersey are the worst enemy of your parking lot and other paved areas.
When an asphalt surface gets a crack in it, this is an open invitation for water and debris to fall is, freeze and thaw, and cause expansion. This in turn causes more cracking and soon your parking lot is full of pot holes as the cracked pieces of aspharlt began to crumble.
There are primarily three types of pavement sealers. They are commonly known as refined tar-based (coal tar based), asphalt-based, and petroleum-based. All three have their advantages but typically, but we will look at where you are located and determine the best one for you.
Prior to application the surface must be completely clean and dry using sweeping methods and/or blowers. If the surface is not clean and dry, then poor adhesion will result. Pavement sealers are applied with either pressurized spray equipment, or self-propelled squeegee machines or by hand with a squeegee. Equipment must have continuous agitation to maintain consistency of the sealcoat mix. The process is typically a two-coat application which requires 24 to 48 hours of curing before vehicles can be allowed back on the surface. Once the surface is properly prepared, then properly mixed sealer will be applied at about 60 square feet per gallon per coat.
Sealcoating before winter sets in is the best way to make sure that your parking lot lasts as long as possible. If a sealcoat is done properly, it can keep the the moisture out, and you can avoid the ‘freeze and thaw’ destructive action.
While time is getting away from us, there is still time for you to call for an estimate on seal coating your commercially paved areas. Just give us a call and we can provide you with a quote. We look forward to hearing from you!