Sealcoating: Sealed vs. Unsealed Asphalt


Learn all about the benefits of sealcoating.

Sealcoating is the best way to keep your parking lot in good condition, as it seals small cracks and prevents water from penetrating through the asphalt and deteriorating the pavement. The protective barrier protects your asphalt from damages while extending its life and performance. Continue reading to learn about the many benefits of sealing your parking lot.

Sealed vs. Unsealed

At first glance, you may think that sealed asphalt is more expensive than unsealed asphalt. However, it’s much more costly to leave your asphalt unsealed and open to damages and deterioration. Unsealed asphalt will cost more money in the long run as cracks and damages arise, while sealed asphalt will last a long time and remain in solid condition.

Benefits Of Sealcoating

With exposure to the elements, unsealed asphalt will become faded and look worn down. A fresh sealcoat application enhances the appearance of asphalt, making it look and wear like new. Sealcoating accelerates the melting process of snow and ice, keeping your customers and employees safe during the winter months. Sealcoating also helps to protect against water penetration, rain, and snow damage, while unsealed asphalt allows water to penetrate through the asphalt and deteriorate the pavement.

Spring is a great time to think about sealcoating your parking lot, as the process needs the air and pavement temperature to be at least 55 degrees for the duration of application and for eight hours following the application.

How Often You Should Sealcoat

A newly laid asphalt parking lot should be sealed within the year, and then repeated every two to three years. However, weather and the amount of traffic on your parking lot can affect how often you should sealcoat, as cracks and wear and tear can form in under two years. If you see signs of cracking or fading, have your parking lot assessed by a paving professional.

Asphalt Maintenance You Can Trust from PTG Enterprises

If you want to protect your asphalt and ensure it has a long lifespan, choose PTG Enterprises for your sealcoating and asphalt maintenance needs. We offer commercial concrete, masonry, asphalt installation, repair, and paving throughout Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Howard, and P.G. Counties. If you are interested in hearing how we can help you, contact us online or give us a call at (410) 636-8777. For more tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, and Flickr.

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