Sealcoating an asphalt pavement is an excellent and cost-effective way to protect it. The sun, automotive fluids, and water infiltration can lead to cracks, potholes, alligatored asphalt, sinkholes, and other damage. Preventing or mitigating damage can reduce your pavement’s repair bills, extend its life, and enhance its safety and aesthetics. However, you may be concerned about closing your business so that your contractor can sealcoat your pavement.
Is It Always Necessary for a Business to Close for Sealcoating Projects?
It is perhaps more accurate to say that the sealcoating company will need to close the pavement to apply the sealcoat. The closure will include the time spent preparing the pavement, applying the sealcoat, and waiting for the sealcoat to cure. However, this does not necessarily mean that you must close your business.
1. When sealcoating Austin TX parking lots, most contractors are able to divide the lot into sections. Depending on the size of the lot, the contractor can close one or more sections at a time. Crew members can apply the seal coating to the sections they closed, then reopen them before closing additional sections. You will still be able to provide parking for your customers or tenants, so you may not need to close.
2. Experienced Austin asphalt sealcoating contractors are usually willing to schedule jobs at the most convenient times for their customers. For example, your business may close for certain holidays or on weekends. Your sealcoating company may agree to schedule your project during your normal business closure. However, for various reasons, some contractors draw the line at sealcoating parking lots at night.
If I Must Close My Business for Sealcoating, What Should I Expect?
When you request a quote for your parking lot sealcoating, the company usually sends an estimator to your site. The estimator will determine the scope of the work that you need the company to provide, including crack repairs. The estimator will also note any features or conditions that may affect the time or materials that your project will require. This would be a good time to ask about what you can expect to happen. Generally, however, you can expect certain things to happen.
1. Your parking lot sealcoating contractor will arrive at your site with all the necessary equipment, supplies, and staff.
2. The contractor will erect barricades or other devices to prevent vehicles or pedestrians from entering the work zone.
3. Crew members will complete a preliminary cleaning to ensure that the pavement does not have any hidden damage.
4. If necessary, your contractor will repair significant cracks, trim back vegetation, or perform a more intense cleaning.
5. Crew members will apply a thin coat of sealant. After this coat dries, they will apply a second coat. If your parking lot sealcoating contractor is also your striping contractor, striping and marking will commence after the second coat dries.
6. Depending on the temperature and other factors, you can probably allow foot traffic within four or five hours. You will need to wait 12 to 24 hours before allowing vehicle traffic.
7. Typically, an Austin asphalt sealcoating company will not remove barricades or other traffic control devices immediately. They will usually return the following day to remove them, indicating that you can safely reopen your pavement.
RDC Paving is an asphalt paving and sealcoating company that offers an extensive list of asphalt and concrete services to customers throughout Central Texas, including the greater Austin area. Our services include seal coating, asphalt overlays, parking lot striping, asphalt paving, concrete and asphalt driveways, asphalt repairs, asphalt crack repairs, concrete repairs, and concrete installations. We have an impeccable reputation for superior craftsmanship, total professionalism, and superlative service. Contact us for a free quote by filling out the online form, or give us a call in Hutto at 512-920-9155.