As you consider your pavement maintenance plan, there are some important things you will need to understand. Sealcoating and cracksealing are two very important aspects of this plan. Without these, the rest of your plan could literally fall apart. The following are a few things you should understand about sealcoating and cracksealing.
Everything looks better when it’s fresh and new, and that includes asphalt. When your parking lot starts to look faded and gray, sealcoating gives it that attractive, deep black that makes it look new again. Your parking lot could be the first impression you give potential customers or tenants, so you want it to be an attractive sight.
The smooth barrier of sealcoating makes it easier for you to keep your parking lot clean. Have you ever tried to shovel snow on a surface that was crumbling or rough? It’s tough to handle, and it causes more damage to the pavement. With a sealcoat layer, regular maintenance is much easier.
Whether your parking lot gets ample traffic or just a little, sealcoating can extend the life of your parking lot. You’ll notice there are fewer potholes to deal with, fewer cracks that creep up on you, and increased flexibility that allows for the changes in weather to happen without destroying the pavement. Reapplying sealcoating every few years can make your parking lot last much longer.
Cracksealing is another important step in preparing your pavement for the coming winter months. Cracks in your pavement are not only unsightly but can lead to future liability issues. Cracks in your pavement can cause trip and falls, vehicle damage, and more.
If left untreated, these cracks will grow as water seeps into the base. Water is susceptible to temperature change and will contract and expand as needed. Avoiding this additional water damage is crucial, which is why cracks need to be treated before winter weather, like snow and ice, begins.
Prolonging the maintenance on your pavement will only induce further costs down the road when cracks deepen or widen. The safety of customers or employees, along with the structural integrity of the pavement, is at risk if cracks go untreated.