A parking lot is important for every business. This is where customers are able to park and enter your business. A business parking lot should look attractive and provide safety to their customers. When it is time to get the parking lot sealed, there are questions that should be asked to all contractors, including:
- When is the best time of the year to seal my parking lot?
- Will rain damage the sealer if it rains on a newly sealed parking lot?
- How soon can the parking lot be driven on after the sealing has been applied?
- How often should my parking lot be sealed?
- What should be done to prepare my parking lot for the sealing?
- Will the weather determine my sealing?
- Can I seal my parking lot if it has a lot of cracks?
These seven questions are very important, and so are the answers. The best time of the year to seal a parking lot is anytime from April through the end of October. The temperature should be over 15 degrees Celsius so the sealing process is able to cure accurately. When the temperature is below 15 degrees Celsius, then the sealing simply will not cure. The rain has a big effect on sealing a parking lot. If it has rained the night before you are scheduled to seal the parking lot, the appointment may have to be rescheduled. Rain can affect the sealing, as it does not allow the sealant to dry appropriately. The sealant should be on at least six to eight hours before the rain hits it.
It generally takes 24 hours after the sealant is applied before one can drive on the parking lot, but all parking lots and conditions are different and your contractor will discuss the correct driving time for your parking lot. If your lot has an abundance of cracks, then the cracks will have to be repaired before the sealant can be applied, because sealant is not considered a repair project for cracks.
To prepare for the sealing process on your parking lot, you should remember not to wash your parking area with a lot of water. The parking lot has to be free of any water and moisture. Your contractor will fully prepare the parking lot for the sealing process.
Asking questions will assist you in determining the right contractor to hire. An honest contractor will encourage you to ask as many questions as you wish.
For more information on Wildcat Striping, Sealing and Paving, click here.