It might not immediately come to mind, but with warmer weather comes maintenance and repairs to parking lots and driveways. Sealcoating your parking lot or driveway is an easy way to extend the life of the asphalt and improve the curb appeal of your property – saving you money in the long run.
Properly installed, a quality sealcoat product will protect the asphalt from fuel, oil, weather and traffic wear. Without proper sealcoat, cracks can start forming in the asphalt. This, in turn, can lead to potholes.
Before sealcoating, fill any cracks with a sealer to prevent them from expanding, further damaging your asphalt parking lot or driveway. Repair and fill cracks at least once a year. A good sealcoat generally has a lifespan of 2-3 years.
Sealcoating a commercial parking lot should be done by a reputable asphalt professional, but if you absolutely must D.I.Y., the process can be summed up in these steps:
Sealcoating for the Do-It-Yourselfer
- Patch large cracks more than 1/4 inch wide
- Be sure it is above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and rain isn’t expected for a day or two
- Clean your driveway with a push broom – spray dust away with water
- Clean oil spots with a commercial detergent – spray clean with water
- Let your driveway dry for an hour before spreading sealcoating
- Mix sealcoating thoroughly
- Pour and spread the sealant – spreading a 20 square foot section at a time with overlapping strokes. Be sure to spread a thin coat so it drys effectively
- Stay off your driveway for 24-48 hours
If you’re unsure if your driveway or parking lot needs sealcoating, or if doing-it-yourself isn’t for you, contact the experts here at Hill Country Sealcoat for a project evaluation and free quote. We’d be happy to help you with any of your paving or maintenance needs.