Parking lots first emerged in the 1920s when commercial and retail associations allocated space for parking lots. One of the first municipality-owned parking lots was constructed in Los Angeles in 1922. By 1927 there were parking lots in Pittsburgh that could park 900 cars and charged ten cents per car for those visiting or working downtown.
These days parking lots are everywhere. Modern parking lots require modern protection and maintenance.
When it comes to sealcoating and striping your parking lot, it’s crucial that you hire professionals to do the work for you. So, keep reading to find out why you should hire a professional sealcoating service for your commercial property.
What Are Sealcoating and Striping?
Parking lots are made from asphalt, and over time the binding cement in the asphalt breaks down. This breakdown is due to regular use, the weight of the vehicles, as well as sun and rain. Not only does the surface begin to crumble over time, but the color also fades to a light grey that stains easily.
Sealcoating a parking lot is one of the best ways to extend the lifespan of a parking lot. To sealcoat a parking lot, a crude oil-based solution is painted on the existing asphalt to restore the color and integrity of the asphalt. This coating also solidifies any areas that were beginning to break down.
By sealcoating a parking lot, you’re preventing water from penetrating the surface of the asphalt and breaking it down. Once the asphalt is sealed, a professional striping service will paint lines on the asphalt to safely direct traffic and help prevent vulnerable areas of your pavement from sustaining more damage.
Helps Parking Lots Look Brand New
Not only does sealcoating your parking lots extend their lifespan, but it also helps the parking lot appear brand new. The sealcoating causes the asphalt to appear darker, and traffic markings stand out more.
A well-maintained and clean parking lot will appear more inviting. As a commercial property owner, you’ll understand how important first impressions are. You’re competing with all the other parking lots in the area, so the curb appeal of your lot is crucial to your success.
It Makes Them Easy to Clean
Cleanliness is crucial to a successful parking lot. After the sealcoating is applied, your parking lot will be much easier to clean. The smooth surface you’re left with after seal coating doesn’t allow dirt or debris to get trapped.
Sweeping machines are also much easier to operate on sealed parking lots. So if you’re considering investing in a sweeping machine to help with cleanup, then sealcoating is a must.
Choose Professional Sealcoating and Striping Services
When you own a commercial parking lot, it’s important to protect it from deterioration. Professional sealcoating and striping services can help prolong the lifespan of your parking lot.
Feel free to contact NVM Paving & Concrete for any sealcoating and striping queries you may have.