Three Things To Avoid To Get The Most Out Of Your Sealcoating Application

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Three Things To Avoid To Get The Most Out Of Your Sealcoating Application

16 November 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Sealcoating is a great way to protect your parking lot, but this isn't the case all the time. There are a number of owner-initiated errors that can actually minimize the effects of the sealcoating. Here are just some of the things you should avoid if you want to get the greatest results out of your sealcoat application.

Not Adhering To Traffic Restrictions

You wouldn't walk on a fresh slab of concrete until it has had time to cure, so you want to keep this train of thought when it comes to your parking lot. If you fail to adhere to this rule and allow traffic in the area, the sealcoating will wear off before it is allowed to settle.

In a fair amount of sunshine, an application can be cured in about 5 hours. However, if there is limited sunlight, it could take longer. Make sure you have the sealcoating application installed around a time when you can easily restrict traffic for several hours until it has cured.

Performing The Application Too Frequently

It's a good thing to have a proactive mindset when it comes to preventative maintenance; however, you can sealcoat your parking lot too frequently. The level of traffic an area receives should be the greatest factor when it comes to how often you need to have this service performed.

The greater the volume of traffic, the more frequently to sealcoat. When you sealcoat too often, the application can become too thick, which makes it more susceptible to peeling and cracking. Both of these scenarios expose the under surface to the potential for damage from oil, organic matter, sunlight and other factors. Speak with a professional to see how frequently is best for your lot.

Using The Application For Repairs

The most important thing to understand is that sealcoating is not meant to be a replacement for repairing your parking lot. In order for the application to be successful, you first need to address the potholes, unevenness, alligator cracks, low spots or other imperfections. These types of problems are typically an indication of a problem with the parking lot under pavement.

If you fail to address these issues first, the lot will continue to form cracks and other damage, which will ultimately damage the sealcoating. Have the lot inspected by a professional to have the issues addressed first, before your sealcoat.

Avoiding these types of mistakes can help you get the most out of your sealcoat application.