When you own or operate a business, you know that making a positive first impression is essential for getting new customers. Since the first contact many people have with your organization is the parking lot, it's important you protect it from damage. One of the most effective ways to do this is by sealcoating. If you’re unfamiliar with this service, here are answers to a few of the questions you may have about it.
What to Know About Sealcoating Your Parking Lot
What is sealcoating?
The product used for this service is a combination of asphalt, tar, water, emulsifiers, and fillers. It is applied in a thin coat over your asphalt surface to protect it from damage caused by ice, rainwater, vehicle oil, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
How does it preserve the parking lot?
As unsealed asphalt ages, the sun causes it to lose its deep black color and turns it gray. Asphalt is also porous and absorbs rainwater and melting snow. When this moisture freezes in the winter, the ice expands and causes the pavement to crack. Over time, cracks can become potholes.
Sealcoating creates a barrier against these elements, helping prevent such damage.
Why should I care about cracks & potholes?
Potholes are not only unattractive, but they can open your company up to lawsuits due to property damage. Property owners in New York are held liable for damages or injuries that occur on their premises.
If you have a pothole in the parking lot, this is considered negligence. If the suspension or tires on a customer’s vehicle become damaged, or if someone trips and hurts themselves, you could be responsible for the cost of medical treatment, legal fees, and/or car repairs.
When should I get this service?
The spring and summer are the best seasons for sealcoating because curing requires nightly temperatures to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, autumn leaves can interfere with the drying process.
To keep your lot in top shape, expect to have it sealcoated every three years.
If you want to create a sealcoating schedule, contact Grey-Ruso Construction, a commercial paving contractor in College Point, NY. They have served clients throughout Queens and the other four boroughs of New York City for over 35 years. In addition to asphalt paving and sealing, they also perform milling and site work. Call (718) 358-1836 for an appointment.