Oil spots are one of the banes of any parking lot or driveway owner’s existence. Inconvenient to clean and unsightly to the eye, oil spots can do everything from stain the surface of asphalt to pit potholes in the pavement. Protecting your paving investment with a seal coating treatment is one of the best ways you can prevent oil damage. But what if oil spills on the asphalt before you seal?
A fresh oil spot is the simplest kind to remove because it is merely a stain on the asphalt’s surface. The best action to take in this case is to scrub away the oil with detergent and thoroughly rinse the area with water to remove the oil. After removing the oil, you may then apply a protective seal coat.
When oil seeps into asphalt, the binder is dissolved and chunks of aggregate may break loose, resulting in cracking and often a minor depression in the pavement. If there is no severe pitting, infrared heat may be used to repair the asphalt damage before applying a seal coat.
When the damage to asphalt from oil stains is extensive enough to soften the pavement, this means it is time to cut the affected area out, patch it and apply a protective seal coat. This is not an inexpensive job, but it is essential if you want to avoid liability issues with potholes in your parking lot or driveway.
Sealcoating is one of the best ways to protect your pavement from oil damage. Just as sealcoating helps prevent UV exposure, it serves as a barrier for the penetration of fuels and oils. The coal tars utilized in the sealcoating process are resistant to fuel and oil spills. Fuels and oils remaining on parking lot surfaces are hazardous, even in small amounts, and can result in a costly injury to a patron or staff member.
If you are looking for a way to revitalize the look of your driveway or parking lot in Minnesota without having to replace your asphalt, consider investing in high quality sealcoating services from Seal King Professional Sealcoating. Don’t be fooled by the other sealcoating companies around the area that lack the necessary experience and use weak sealcoating materials on the job. To find a Seal King location in Minnesota nearest you, visit www.sealking.com today.