As a property owner, your asphalt parking lot is a significant investment. You need to be sure that you are doing everything possible to maintain it and keep it looking its best. One of the things that your asphalt contractor may suggest is to have the parking lot seal coated on a regular basis. Here are just a few reasons why you should do that.

Appearance Is Everything

One of the most basic reasons to have a seal coating applied to your parking area on a regular basis is the fact that it makes the parking area look like new. Seal coating creates a fresh coating over the entire surface of the asphalt, restoring its appearance. This will ultimately reflect well on your business as your customers will see you putting in the effort to maintain the property and make it look its best.

Oxidation Is Damaging

When an asphalt parking lot is first installed, there is a high concentration of oil in the asphalt mixture. With sun exposure, some of that oil oxidizes. That oil oxidation is what cures the asphalt and produces the hard surface.

Unfortunately, oxidation doesn't stop when the asphalt has cured. Prolonged exposure to the sun will lead to continued oxidation of the oils in the asphalt. This is what causes the pavement to fade. Applying seal coating on your parking lot will create a barrier that prevents the excessive oxidation from damaging your asphalt parking lot.

Lifespans Are Limited

An asphalt parking lot has a limited lifespan before it starts to deteriorate and can significantly cost you to replace. Seal coating can actually help to prevent the aging and deterioration of your asphalt parking lot over time, but only if you keep up with regular applications. Your asphalt contractor can tell you how often you'll need it based on the level of traffic flow you experience as well as the climate where you live.

The more traffic your parking area sees, the sooner you'll need to reapply the seal coating. The same holds true for areas with particularly harsh climates, whether it's heat and sun or cold and ice. The elements can be destructive to your asphalt and seal coating, so you'll want to plan on more frequent coating applications in demanding environments.

Contact a paving contractor like A Thru Z Construction near you today to have your parking lot inspected and seal coated. He or she can tell you if seal coating is right for your needs as well as how often you will need to have it reapplied.