When does my parking lot need cracksealing, sealcoating or restriping?
Applying sealcoating to an asphalt surface is an important part of maintenance and
care. The rule of thumb is that twelve months after asphalt is applied, sealcoating can
be applied as a protective cover. This wait allows the asphalt to cure, and oils and
excess moisture to evaporate from the material. Once the sealer is applied, damage is
The sealcoat won’t last forever, so it is important to know when to reapply it. Resealing
should be done every two to three years, but again, this depends on a number of
factors. The quality of the material and workmanship play a role. If the quality was
low, resealing may be needed sooner.
Apart from protecting asphalt from the elements, sealcoating also makes asphalt
bright and shiny. It protects from fading and breaking down. If you pay attention to
maintaining the parking lot, you can prevent major damage. This way, your overall
maintenance and repair costs over time will be less.
It’s not always possible to reapply sealcoating material to old asphalt areas. If the
existing asphalt is badly damaged, sometimes the best fix is to repave first and then
apply sealcoating after 12 months to the newly paved surface. Applying sealcoating
to deteriorating asphalt is a waste of money. The material will continue to break
down and detach from the sub grade. You will then have to do repairs and apply
the protective material again.
A Hall Paving professional will be able to assess you parking lot and determine if
it is time for resealing. As an added value to resealing, we take care of crack and
joint sealing to keep water from penetrating the pavement and causing future problems.
You can also occasionally do your own checks looking for small cracks, loose
material or sunken areas.
It is important to make sure that the lot is always in the best shape possible. You
want your asphalt to be intact and sealed and you want the stripes and spaces in
the lot to be clear and bright. It offers a range of benefits for your parking lot, customers
Typically, it is going to be a good idea to restripe about every 18 to 24 months.
However, it will also depend on location and a host of other factors. Often winters
mean snow in Kentucky so you probably rely on snowplows to remove the snow
from your parking lot. While this is beneficial to ensure that your parking lot is
ready and usable for customers, it also means that there is the potential for those
plows to scrape away some of the lines in the lot. In those cases, it is going to be a
good idea to restripe annually.
If you have had asphalt repairs and sealcoating on your parking lot, then you are
certainly going to need to have restriping completed before you can open up the
lot to your customers. The sealcoating is going to cover up the lines, so once it has
dried, you will need to make sure you add stripes to the parking lot.
When you’re ready for sealing or restriping or if you’re not sure and could use a
free inspection contact Hall Paving at 502.367.6151 to find out how we can help you
with your FREE assessment and a cost-effective plan for the future.