DIY Parking Lot Sealcoating: What You Need To Know

Whether it is office supplies or parking lot repair, almost every business owner out there is looking for a way to save a buck. If this sounds like you, and your parking lot is in need of repairs and sealant before winter strikes, you may want to consider doing it yourself. Keep in mind that it isn't an incredibly easy job, but it isn't impossible either. Here is what you need to know about the process:

Temperatures Matter.

Usually, you would choose to apply sealant to the parking lot over the summer and during a time when rain isn't expected. However, if you didn't get to it over the summer, then you may be trying to figure out a way to get it done before the extremely cold temperatures, ice and snow start to come in. That's no problem, as long as you ensure the temperature remains at a minimum of 50 degrees F for at least 24 hours.

Prepare the Parking Lot.

Once you've established the weather conditions are adequate, you can start preparing the area for the application of the sealant. You should start by barricading the parking lot against any traffic. No traffic can get onto the parking lot until the sealant fully cures, so you may want to do pieces of the parking lot a time. Once you've secured the area, you can begin power-washing the entire surface.

Repair Any Existing Holes and Cracks.

Once you've cleaned the surface thoroughly, you need to make any necessary repairs before applying the sealant. All you'll need is some asphalt patch to fill in the holes and cracks, but don't do this until you've cleaned them out completely. Once all the repairs have been made, tape off the area that you plan on sealing to avoid the sealant coming into contact with anything that doesn't need to be sealed at this time.

Apply the Sealant.

When you're ready, mix the sealant as directed by the manufacturer's instructions. Then, you can pour some of the sealant out onto the pavement. Spread this sealant down the length of your parking lot using a driveway squeegee. Make sure to only do small areas at a time to avoid the sealant drying out before you are able to spread it evenly. Make sure to keep the coverage thin so that it will dry quicker.

This area of the parking lot cannot be used until the sealant has thoroughly dried. If it turns out that sealing your parking lot yourself is too much, contact a contractor in your area who specializes in parking lot repairs and asphalt sealcoating