If you own a small business, you want to avoid costly repairs as much as possible. After all, they eat away at your profit margin, which means you'll have less money left over to invest back into your company. You might not realize this, but caring for your asphalt parking lot is crucial to your small business. If it's been a while since you had your parking lot seal coated, here are three reasons why you need take care of that as soon as possible.
Extend the Life of Your Parking Lot
If you've recently invested in a new parking lot, you want it to last as long as possible. One way to ensure that it will is to have a seal coating applied. Seal coating will extend the life of your parking lot and help keep it looking new longer.
Reduce Maintenance and Repair Costs
To reduce maintenance and repair costs, you should have your parking lot seal coated at least once every two to three years. The seal coating will prevent cracks from occurring in the asphalt. It will also help retain the color of the asphalt. If your parking lot receives a lot of traffic, you might want to consider having it sealed more often.
Provide Year-Round Protection
You might not realize this, but the weather can wreak havoc on your asphalt parking lot, especially if you live in a region that experiences extreme heat or freezing temperatures – or both.
During the winter, your asphalt will go through a cycle of freezing and thawing. Each time it snows or the temperatures dip overnight, the asphalt will freeze. Once the temperatures rise, the asphalt will begin to thaw and the water left over from melting ice and snow will seep into the crevices. As the temperatures drop again, the water will freeze, causing those small crevices to spread apart and turn into large cracks.
During the summer, the high temperatures can cause the asphalt to deteriorate. When that happens, you'll notice crumbling along the edges of your parking lot. By applying seal coating to your asphalt it will be protected against weather damage all year long.
You work hard to make your business prosperous. Protect your investment by taking care of your parking lot. Talk to your paving contractor about applying a layer of seal coating to your asphalt parking lot. Be sure to reapply as needed.