Denver Parking Lot Sealcoating
U.S. Pave Denver believes the best way to protect your asphalt parking lot is with sealcoating. By creating a barrier between the pavement and the elements, you can extend the life of your asphalt, protect your investment and maintain a fresh, clean look to your premises. Routine sealcoating can increase the longevity of your asphalt by up to 50%.
The type of sealcoat you need will depend on how badly your pavement is worn.
- A fog coat sealant uses emulsified asphalt sprayed in a fine mist over the existing asphalt surface.
- A slurry coat of asphalt, made by mixing asphalt, sand and water, restores oils lost to the elements and creates a sturdy wear layer.
- A chip seal coat restores surfaces with significant repair needs. It works by applying layers of aggregates and asphalt until a strong, stable asphalt surface is restored.
U.S Pave Denver has decades of experience and understands the key to a great sealcoat is a great preparation. Before sealcoating, any cracks are filled, and other required repairs are completed. A thorough cleaning removes all dirt, oil and other debris. This allows for the best adhesion of the sealcoat as possible.
Following a sealcoating, your parking lot should still be monitored for signs of wear or weather damage. U.S. Pave Denver offers a comprehensive maintenance program that will immediately correct minor, routine problems such as small cracks. By repairing minor issues right away, you will avoid costly repairs.
After sealcoating, it takes 24 to 48 hours for the surface to cure completely. We realize this can be a major inconvenience for your business. We will work with you to keep traffic flowing and minimize disruptions as much as possible.
When to Sealcoat
U.S. Pave Denver recommends sealcoating every two to three years. The heaviness of the traffic on your lot, the amount of sun exposure and the annual weather will determine the frequency a sealcoat is required. We have decades of experience, and can advise you on the best schedule based on your location, expected vehicle loads and sun exposure.
You may need to increase the frequency of your sealcoating if conditions change. A routine maintenance inspection from U.S. Pave Denver will spot the signs of the pavement needing to be resealed.
As a general rule, sealcoating would be required if any of the following conditions are found:
The pavement looks gray.
Asphalt bitumen is black in color. When it begins to turn gray, the top layer is worn away, and some aggregate underneath is showing.
There is loose gravel.
While some sand and gravel may be brought into the parking lot on vehicle tires, loose gravel can indicate the top layer is wearing down and taking some of the aggregate rock with it. This leaves the underlying asphalt open to larger cracks and water infiltration.
There are cracks on the surface.
Cracks form when water seeps into the top layer as it wears away. If left untreated, the water will continue to work its way down. Eventually, it will wear away at the base beneath the pavement, creating potholes or sinkholes.
Sealcoating may not be the best option for every parking lot. Our experience and expertise will guide you through your options if sealcoating is unlikely to restore the appearance of your asphalt to your satisfaction. We offer other refinishing services, such as milling and overlay, which may provide superior results.
If you see any of these issues with your existing asphalt parking lot, U.S. Pave Denver can provide the necessary repairs, sealing and ongoing maintenance to prevent it from happening again. Contact us today to protect your investment.