If your parking lot is made out of asphalt, one of the necessary steps for taking care of your asphalt parking lot is having it seal-coated every couple of years. Sealcoating will protect the surface of your parking lot and will extend the number of useable years you will get out of your parking lot before you have to replace it. Here are the three different types of material that you can choose from when you have your parking lot seal-coated again.
If you want your parking lot to make a statement, and you don't want that statement to be a boring, flat black parking lot, you can have your parking lot seal-coated with acrylics. With acrylic seal-coating, you can add color to your parking lot. For example, if you want to have a purple or a red parking lot, you are going to want to have an acrylic seal-coating applied to your parking lot.
This can be a good way to draw attention to your parking lot and to your business. If you want to give your business's parking lot a unique look, be prepared to pay for it, as this is the most expensive seal-coating material you can use. It is also useful to keep in mind that this type of seal-coating tends to wear off the fastest.
#2 Coal Tar
If you want your parking lot to be really strong and to stand up to the constant wear and tear of numerous commercial and personal vehicles driving over it, coal tar can be a great option.
Coal tar does not wear down easily even when exposed to lots of oil, gas, salt, and sun. This is a great material to use if you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow and you often have to salt your parking lot. It is also great for parking lots that get a lot of heavy use.
The biggest downside to coal tar is that it has a really strong scent associated with it when it is first laid down that can take a while to fade away.
#3 Asphalt Emulsion
If you just want to use the most basic material to sealcoat your parking lot, asphalt emulsion is the most common material used. It is affordable, orderless, and fast drying.
It is made out of a base that consists primarily of crude oil, although other chemicals, fillers, and pigments are added to the mixture to create the sealcoating. This coating will get the job done, but it will wear down more quickly when exposed to salt, oil, gas, and sunlight than coal tar.
Think carefully about the needs of your business and its parking lot when choosing what type of seal-coating material you want to use.