Parking lots, driveways and other asphalt surfaces can be exposed to some pretty harsh conditions, especially in a coastal state like Maryland. Hot, humid summer days are as hard on them as rain and cold, damp winter weather. Your surfaces can crack and break down. You need to protect them and repair as needed.
Topping off your driveway or parking lot with quality sealcoating Frederick MD can extend its life. Just as its name implies, sealcoating seals in the asphalt, protecting the binding material that holds the stone and gravel together. It can prevent damage from the UV rays of the sun as well as keep out harmful moisture from rain and snow. Oils that can drip or leak from car engines are also kept out. An asphalt surface should be sealcoated every 2-3 years. Sealcoating also has a shiny black finish that can add to the beauty of your home or building.
No matter how well you protect your asphalt, weather is tenacious and moisture eventually gets in. This can cause cracks in the surface. Left unrepaired, they can spread and ruin your entire area of asphalt. Cracks should be repaired before they get too big. Use a quality crack and joint filler. You’ll have to first widen the crack to get the filler in. You then fill the crack and melt the filler. Smooth it off and allow it to dry. For large cracks and excess damage, it is best to hire a professional paving company. They will have the experience, know-how and equipment to do the job right.
Nothing stays perfect forever. That applies to asphalt, especially when exposed to all kinds of weather. Sealcoat your driveway or parking lot and repair cracks as soon as possible. This will help keep your surface looking good and in solid shape for years to come.