Sealcoating your asphalt can help restore the original, freshly-paved look. Once sealcoating has been completed, the asphalt must be re-striped to ensure proper traffic flow and parking areas. Concrete and asphalt surfaces can also be striped even if sealcoating has not been performed to freshen up your pavement markings. Additionally, 3-D Paving & Sealcoating is equipped to handle all of your signage needs to keep vehicular traffic running smoothly.
Sealcoating is the sunscreen for asphalt surfaces. Sealer is a mix of asphalt emulsion, water, and aggregate (which adds durability and skid resistance.) Sealer protects your asphalt surfaces from sun, water, and most chemicals, while extending its useful life. The sealer is applied using either a spray wand or a squeegee for precision. Sealer takes approximately 24-48 hours to fully cure, depending on ambient temperature and sun exposure, during which time it cannot be driven or walked on. Our crew will set up barricades and string line to cordon off the area being sealed, and large lots and roadways can be sealed in several phases to maintain pedestrian and vehicular access to your facilities.
It is important to remember that sealcoating is a cosmetic service and doesn’t increase the structural integrity of the asphalt. Any potholes or cracks need to be addressed separately prior to sealcoating, as sealcoating is not a long-term solution to alligator cracking and will have no effect on exposed limerock. For more information on asphalt repairs and paving, click here
The lines, words, and symbols on your parking lots and roadways help alert drivers and pedestrians to the flow of traffic and instruct them of any special areas such as fire lanes, crosswalks, and loading zones. Over time, these markings can fade due to exposure to the elements and normal wear and tear. Striping is performed after sealcoating or paving asphalt surfaces, but can also be performed on concrete or paver bricks. Freshening up your pavement markings is an easy way to reduce potential liabilities.
Pavement markings are applied using paint specifically manufactured for traffic use with a striping machine or by hand, and our crews also utilize stencils for lettering, symbols, and car stops. Speaking of car stops, one of the most common liabilities in a parking lot is a broken or unsecured car stop. Car stops can be re-pinned (for asphalt parking) or re-epoxied (for concrete parking,) and any car stop that has exposed rebar should be completely replaced.
The signs in your parking lot or along your roadway help dictate the flow of traffic and denote special areas to drivers and pedestrians. These signs are traditionally made of aluminum or plastic, and are either mounted to a post or directly to a vertical surface. Over time, these signs may become damaged or faded and should be replaced. Additionally, modifications to your parking lot or roadway’s layout or design may require the installation of additional signage. The size, design, and location of these signs may be specified by your municipality.
Certain areas of your parking lot or roadway may require the use of reflective elements to aid drivers at night. Thermoplastic is a special powder-based resin that must first be heated to almost 400˚F before being applied to the surface. This Thermoplastic contains glass beading which reacts to the headlights of cars to become highly-visible. Thermoplastic is most-commonly found along the right-of-ways from parking lots to major roads and at some intersections.
Reflective Pavement Markers, or R.P.M.s are small plastic or Plexiglas devices that come in several colors and serve many functions depending on their color and placement. R.P.M.s are placed around concrete road dividers and at roadway edges to alert drivers to pavement edges. R.P.M.s are also used to alert firemen of the locations of hydrants. Broken or missing R.P.M.s should be replaced regularly to ensure proper visibility. R.P.M.s are set in place using epoxy or butyl pads that are heated with a blowtorch prior to installation.