Spring is here. If you haven't taken a close look at your asphalt parking lot, now's the time to head outside. It might be time for a fresh application of asphalt sealcoating, especially if you didn't take care of the application last year. You might not realize this, but your asphalt should actually be sealcoated about once a year. You might think an annual application is too much, but that's not the case, especially if you want to protect your asphalt. If you're still not sure you need another application of asphalt sealcoating, read the information provided below. If you recognize any of these signs, contact an asphalt contractor right away. It's time to have your asphalt sealcoated. 

Your Asphalt Is Fading

When your asphalt was new, it had a distinctive black color. The color is what identifies a newly paved parking lot. Over time, exposure to the elements will cause the asphalt to fade unless sealcoating is applied. If sealcoating was applied, fading is delayed, which allows the asphalt to look new longer. If your asphalt is beginning to fade, it's time for a fresh application of sealcoating. The sealcoating will lock in the color and prevent additional fading. 

Your Asphalt Is Peeling

If you have sealcoating on your asphalt, you need to watch for peeling. Exposure to heat, water, and heavy traffic can cause the sealcoating to peel. When that happens, it's important that you invest in a fresh application of sealcoating. Peeling is a sure sign that the existing sealcoating has begun to deteriorate. Now that deterioration is happening, your asphalt is at risk for damage. You can prevent the damage and stop the peeling by having a fresh coat of sealcoating applied to the asphalt. 

Your Asphalt Has Stains

If your asphalt is looking worse for wear, schedule a deep cleaning. If the sealcoating is still in good shape, the deep cleaning will remove dirt and stains. But, if your asphalt still has signs of stains after the deep cleaning, the existing sealcoating has failed. Now's the time to have a fresh application of sealcoating applied to your asphalt. The new sealcoating will lock out new stains and protect your asphalt. 

Your Asphalt Has Cracks

Finally, if your parking lot has a network of small cracks, don't put off the sealcoating. Alligator cracks are a sign that your asphalt is degrading. You can stop the cracks and extend the life of your parking lot by investing in another application of sealcoating.