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No matter the size of a parking lot, sealcoating is an essential maintenance item. Sealcoating offers a layer of protection from damaging contaminants and exposure to extreme temperatures and weather while restoring its rich dark color. 

When your asphalt is in need of sealcoating, it will let you know and you should listen to it! Contacting a professional sealcoating company sooner than later will prevent significant damage. As an industry leader for nearly two decades, Toste Construction is here to help you understand the top signs that your asphalt is ready for sealcoating.

1. Faded Surface Color

A new asphalt parking lot is recognizable for its rich, dark color. As the asphalt ages, it will start to fade into a grey color. Seasonal weather conditions,  traffic loads, chemicals, and UV rays will break down the pavement and cause fading. A parking lot that is faded and weathered is open to cracking and other damages that could cost you in the future if left untouched. A parking lot that has a faded surface color is showing its age and knows it is time for sealcoat application. Call your local sealcoating contractor for them to professionally assess your parking lot and provide you with an estimate to return the rich, dark color.

2.  It has been 3+ Years Since The Last Sealcoating

Industry standards say to have asphalt sealcoated at least every three years. Sealcoating offers a cost-effective maintenance option to help protect your asphalt. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for new pavement every few years, sealcoating lets you spend pennies on the dollar per square foot to maintain and save you money in the long run on repairs. 

Also, if your parking lot was installed over twelve months ago, it is time for you to have it sealcoated. It is recommended to have it sealed to ensure it will hold up as it should for years to come

3. The Surface is Cracking

A sure sign that moisture has found its way below your asphalt surface is when cracks start to form on the surface. Surface cracking can also be a sign of more significant damage below the surface which can diminish the structural integrity of the asphalt. Sealcoating, when paired with crack filling, can help prevent significant damage to your pavement and remove the eyesores that cracks create.

4. Disintegration

Similar to cracking, disintegration can not only create an eyesore but also be a sign of damage to the lower layers of your parking lot. If you notice your asphalt starting to break off or crumble, you will want to discuss this with your local asphalt contractor. Once a proper repair plan is in place, it is imperative to have the parking lot sealcoated too. 

5. Winter is Coming (or Over) 

Two of the best times of the year to have your parking lot sealcoated is before winter hits or once the weather is showing signs of spring. Winter can wreak havoc on an asphalt parking lot! Having it sealcoated before winter offers a proactive approach to help prevent damage over the winter months. However, if you miss the window to sealcoat your asphalt before winter, spring is the next best time to sealcoat. Doing so then will offer the best time to clean up any damage from winter while protecting it from further damage during the summer.

If your parking lot shows signs that it is ready for a sealcoating application, it is best to have it done.

The longer you prolong it, the worse the damage can be in the future. Spending a few dollars now can save you significantly in the future! Discuss a preventative maintenance plan with your local asphalt contractor to help prevent future damage. 

Toste Construction is your Mooresville-based asphalt professional! We have been providing expert sealcoating services to the area for nearly two decades. If your asphalt is showing signs of deterioration, it may be time for a sealcoat application. Call our office to discuss your needs and to set up your FREE estimate today

Toste Construction specializes in sealcoating and crack filling to ensure you and your customers have a smooth surface to drive on. We are your Mooresville asphalt and pavement maintenance company. Our services include asphalt sealcoating, striping, patching, pothole repair and crack filling for both residential and commercial projects throughout western North Carolina.

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