There are different opinions about a sealant in the asphalt pavement industry. Some believe that it only contributes in creating layers of build-up that could eventually cause cracking and water damage on the pavement. Many, on the other hand, believe that applying sealcoating every two years or so on the Lakeland parking lot paving will help preserve its smoothness and durability. It might also contribute to the long and healthy life of the pavement.
One thing is for sure, though: Even if experts disagree on the effects of sealant on the asphalt pavement, they are sure that the quality and durability of your asphalt pavement are largely dependent on the manner on which the asphalt was primarily laid. Proper grading will enable good drainage which will help keep water away from the pavement. A strong and solid base must also be established to ensure that damages on the surface won’t easily get into the base layers of the pavement.
Here are some of the important things to remember about sealing your asphalt pavements:
- Before deciding to seal your pavements, you must first inspect it for any cracks or potholes. It’s important to fix these cracks before applying sealcoating on the surface of the pavement. The sealant should not be applied until all problems are fixed and dried. If the crack or pothole is minor, the repair is a simple procedure: just clear the cracks or potholes of debris and broken edges and fill them with a substance especially formulated to close gaps in pavements.
- You may want to use water-based sealants if this is your first time to use the solution. Although there are many different options out there for sealants, each of them has different properties and effects that you might not be aware of. Water-based sealants remain to be the safest choice for homeowners and business owners with an asphalt pavement to take care of.
- Remember that sealcoating your asphalt pavement should not be done yearly, even if you feel this will be beneficial to the pavement. The only thing this would do is to create unnecessary buildup that might weaken the surface of your pavement. This might also push you to repair or replace your asphalt pavement sooner than necessary. Apply sealcoating every couple of years and you should be fine.
- Finally, hire a professional pavement contractor for your sealcoating needs. Do not undertake this by yourself as you may not be aware of the safety gear you should wear to not inhale the chemical or the proper application of the sealcoating.