Why Should You Sealcoat Your Driveway or Parking Lot?

Driveways and parking lots are important parts of homes and businesses, and just like the buildings on your property they require regular maintenance. The combined forces of water and sunlight damage promote cracking and oxidation of asphalt surfaces, which can lead to costly repairs down the road. But by remaining diligent with regular sealcoating you can ensure your asphalt driveway or parking lot retains its pristine look while also guarding it against the harsh effects of the weather.

While asphalt is a hard, durable material, it’s also porous. Tiny holes in its surface allow water to penetrate. That precipitation then freezes during the cold winter months, expanding and contracting, causing ravelling and erosion to occur. Over time, this can lead to cracking and the formation of potholes in driveways and parking lots. Any crack bigger than a half-inch allows water to seep into the sub-base, leading to larger holes and further deterioration. If this damage persists, you’ll need to fill the cracks or have the driveway or parking lot repaved, which can mean a hit to your wallet.

Because driveways and parking lots are also exposed all year round, they’re subjected to the sun’s UV rays, which harden and dry the asphalt surface, accelerating ravelling and erosion. This too can compromise the integrity of your driveway or parking lot and reduce the thickness of the asphalt. Those damaging rays also fade the asphalt’s colour from a strong, dark black to an unsightly pale grey.

Luckily, defending against the effects of Mother Nature is a painless matter. Regular sealcoating will prevent both oxidation and water from penetrating the surface of your asphalt driveway or parking lot, stopping cracks from forming. It will also beautify your pavement, reinvigorating its dull grey to a deep, hardy black that enhances the look of your home or business. And because of its durable nature, sealcoating resists the damaging effects of gas, oil, salt and other chemicals.

By maintaining your asphalt pavement surfaces with regular sealcoating you can help double the life span of driveways and parking lots. This small investment now can save thousands of dollars in the future.

Picasso Construction Inc. specializes in all forms of asphalt sealing and pavement maintenance for both residential and commercial properties. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can help save you money through our comprehensive sealcoating service.