Choosing an asphalt parking lot can be a great investment in your business. However, in order to protect this investment for years to come and to help extend the life of your lot, it is important that you properly maintain and keep it in pristine condition. Though, you may find yourself asking what steps you can take to ensure that proper care is being initiated. To help you get started, here is a look at answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive regarding asphalt maintenance.
Do You Really Need to Sealcoat Asphalt?
Sealcoating your asphalt parking lot regularly is critical in order to protect it from the elements and extend its life. Oxidation from the sun, rain, snow, and extreme temperature changes can all cause your parking lot to deteriorate over time, causing the asphalt to begin to chip, crack, and lose its structural integrity. In addition to keeping it looking beautiful and new, having your asphalt sealed will not only protects it from the elements, but it will also slow down the aging process.
How Often Should I Sealcoat My Asphalt?
This may lead you to wonder how often you will need to have your lot sealed. On average, it is a good idea to have it sealed at least every 3-5 years. However, this will depend on a variety of factors including the quality of sealcoating used and the environmental conditions your lot is exposed to.
Should I Worry About Oil Spots on My Asphalt?
Oil leaks happen to every driver at some point or another; however, after discovering an oil spot on the asphalt, you may find yourself debating whether you need to clean it, or if it is fine to leave the spot alone. Even if you don’t mind looking at an oil spot, it is important that you do not ignore it. Left untreated, oil spots can eat away at the asphalt’s binders, causing irreparable damage. It is then important that you clean any oil spots as soon as possible after they appear using a commercial degreaser, broom, and water.
When Should I Have Cracks Sealed?
Unfortunately, cracks will form in your asphalt as it ages. This is why it is important that you do not ignore these cracks. They can let moisture into your parking lot that can lead to further damage. You should then consider having cracks in your asphalt sealed each fall in order to protect it from further water damage.
Contact us for more answers to any other questions you may have about maintaining your asphalt parking lot.