Why Is It Important To Seal Your Asphalt Parking Lot?

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You want to take good care of your parking lot so you can avoid dealing with expensive repairs in the future and so you can provide your customers with a parking lot that doesn't pose a risk to their tires and vehicle alignment. This article will explain the importance of sealing your parking lot so you understand how crucial it is to properly maintain your parking lot and provide you with information on how to seal it.

What does sealing a parking lot do?

The asphalt in your parking lot will wear after time and this can lead to separation of the asphalt, cracks and potholes. When these things occur they allow for oil, gas, ice and salt to cause permanent damage to the asphalt. The cracks and potholes will become larger and this poses a risk to your customer's tires and poses tripping risks to those walking through the parking lot.

When you seal the parking lot it covers it with a protective layering that keeps it in good condition. The sealant will prevent such spillage as gas and oil from making its way beneath the surface where it can cause damage. Sealant will also fill in small cracks which prevent them from becoming larger cracks. UV rays can also cause damage to the integrity of asphalt, something else that sealing it will protect from. You want to seal your parking lot before you see problems; this is the best way to prevent them.

How do you seal the parking lot?

The easiest way for you to seal your parking lot is to have a professional come out and do it for you. This especially a good idea if you have a large parking lot. Otherwise, it's going to take you a lot of time and energy doing it yourself.

If you have a relatively small parking lot and you feel you are up for the job, then you can seal it on your own. In order to do this you want to follow the instructions below:

The first thing you have to do is clean all the dirt and debris off of the entire area. You want to rope off the area so no one drives on it and use a power washer to clean it. Make sure you get all debris out of the small cracks. Larger cracks and potholes should be repaired before you seal the parking lot.

Allow the parking lot to dry completely before you apply the sealer. Start at one corner of the parking lot and pour out a good about of the sealer. Use a large squeegee to work the sealant over a large square area. It's important to wear protective clothing including shoes you don't mind getting destroyed. Each time you finish a square, pour out more sealer and complete the next. You want to work your way across and down.

To be on the safe side, you should keep the parking lot roped off for an entire day to allow the sealant to dry properly before cars drive on it. Whether you seal the parking lot yourself or have a professional do it, you'll find it will save you on repair expenses in the future and give your customers a safe parking lot to park and walk in.

To learn more, contact a company like Loflin's Paving with any questions you have.

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