With plenty of local sealcoating companies or asphalt sealcoating contractors to choose from it’s quite a mystery as to how to those Chicago potholes keep reappearing like bad weeds. But in this climate potholes are pretty much unavoidable – salt, wind, cold, rain, and traffic all contribute to the mess. However it can be managed with sealcoating. And to understand sealcoating, we first need to understand what asphalt is.
What is asphalt?
Asphalt is rock, stone, and gravel mix, known as aggregate, and held together by a binding agent known as asphalt cement. This agent is made by distilling certain crude oils and is crucial in extending the lifespan of your asphalt surface. Natural elements such as rain, hail, and snow, UV rays, chemicals, and traffic all add to the binder breaking down and ultimately the deterioration of the asphalt. Having a solid maintenance program that includes sealcoating can greatly extend the lifespan of your parking lot.
What is sealcoating?
Sealcoating is a layer made of water, silica sand, polymer additives, and other proprietary solid fillers that creates a slip resistant surface and provides a nice black finish for your parking lot. Sealcoating application can be done in one of 2 ways: brush & squeegee or spray on.
When applying your sealcoating product, follow these tips to make sure you get the highest return on your investment:
- Apply at least 2 coats.
- Temperatures must not be under 50 degrees or forecasted to drop below 50 for the duration of the application. It would be best to apply your sealcoating product if temperatures are not projected to get lower than 55.
- Do not apply your sealcoat if rain is forecasted within the same 24 hour period.
- Allow sealcoating to cure 48-72 hours before allowing vehicle traffic back on the surface.
To save money on your parking lot, sealcoating every 2 to 3 years will certainly extend the life of your asphalt pavement for minimal cost. For mere pennies per square foot every few years you can avoid having to get an entire new parking lot and spend thousands. Sealcoating can prevent oxidation, stop weather damage, and sealcoating beautifies pavement.
Asphalt Crack Repair
Repair cracks in your commercial or residential parking lot
Parking lot striping
Striping, numbering, and hash marks for your lot.
Hot Asphalt patching
Patch up unsightly areas of your parking lot
Protect your investment and avoid having to get a new parking lot built
Wheel Stopper Installation
Installation or replacement of parking spot bumpers.
Routine Maintenance & Monthly Pressure Washing
Satisfied Customers Think...
Protect your investment
Protects your pavement from oxidation, oil, chemical spills, water penetration, rain, frost and snow damage
Getting that nice, deep black finish for your parking lot shows customers you care. If you put that kind of attention to detail into your own appearance, you definitely will do the same for their service or
Save your money
Letting your asphalt fall apart will undoubtedly cost you much more down the line to replace it when simple maintenance can be done for less than a quarter per square foot.
Questions & Answers
Q: How do potholes form?
A: As water, oil, and other contaminants enter the pavement it weakens the binding agent holding everything together. Water however, freezes in the wintertime, causing area to expand and combined with continuous erosion on top by vehicles the ground begins to sink in. So what causes potholes is combination of traffic, freeze-thaw cycle, salt, and other contaminants like oil.
A: Dominos has fixed well over 200 potholes around the country .
A: This price varies greatly based on whether you want spray on or brush on application, how many square footage you need, and whether you need cracks filled or not. The best and most accurate way to get an estimate is by setting up an appointment for a free consultation. And it’s no obligation to buy – win win! Get your estimate here.
A: You can purchase squeeze bottle and caulk tube–style crack filler products from any home or melt-in material and trowelable cover mix
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