If you’ve received a Cassidy Paving full-service, chances are that you’ve gotten sealcoating as part of that package. Sealcoating is often something overlooked, but very important to the integrity of your asphalt paving. If you’re not sure when the last time your parking lot, driveway, or sidewalk has been sealed, make sure to give our professionals a call. Here are the top reasons why you should be glad you have sealcoated this past year especially as the snow and ice begin to settle across Massachusetts.
The Benefits of Sealcoated Asphalt
Freeze and Thaw Cycle
The biggest thing you will get out of well-planned asphalt services is the extra protection from the freeze and thaw cycle. In any areas that get close to or below freezing, you will experience this expansion and contraction of your paving materials. Any water that seeps through your pavement has the chance to cause movement within the blacktop and subbase. As water freezes, it expands and that is no different for any moisture inside of your pavement. According to the International Journal of Pavement Engineering, the “freeze-thaw damage in asphalt pavements is a complex phenomenon dependent on many parameters such as moisture infiltration, temperature, and mechanical properties of the asphalt constituents as well as the interface between them”. Sealcoating, as needed, can help your pavement avoid massive deterioration during the winter months. If you have done this maintenance when you are supposed to, rest assured that the freeze/thaw cycle won’t affect you nearly as harshly as it would have otherwise.
If you are a business owner, we know that it is important that you reduce any liability that comes from disrepair. If damage occurs to someone’s vehicle as a result of potholes in your lot, you could be responsible. Many car insurance companies offer pothole collision repair and the insurance companies can seek you out for reimbursement. Even without the involvement of insurance carriers, drivers that suffer from pothole damage on your property can absolutely submit repair estimates for you to pay and/or even sue you in small claims court. The best thing to do well before this happens is to make the necessary timely repairs and sealcoat. If you are regularly taking care of these issues, you are lessening your liability year after year.
The Lifespan of Your Asphalt
Outside of regular maintenance and repairs, sealcoating can help you to extend the life of your asphalt pavement. As part of our other maintenance packages, sealcoating is done to preserve your asphalt in the condition it is in. Because this service is often done in a time shortly after our full-service construction, you can rest assured that you’re getting sealcoating done when your pavement is at its best. If that has happened within the last year, winter shouldn’t be an issue for you.
Get the Professional Touch
If the winter weather is worrying you, don’t wait to reach out to the professionals at Cassidy Paving for more information. Even deep into the winter, there are ways to help prevent excessive damage. Give us a call today at 877-978-9788 for more information on a game plan for your parking lot, driveway, or sidewalks.