Published Sunday 24th of November 2013 // Updated Friday 24th of February 2017
Parking lots are important to any commercial business, big or small. Not only is it a visual indicator that makes your business seem more or less successful, but it is important practically to the day-to-day operations of your building and businesses. Depending on the climate where you live, as well as the type of business you are, your parking lot will either be asphalt, concrete, or pavers. In colder climes, asphalt is preferred, as it handles freeze/thaw cycles better than untreated concrete.
In warmer places without harsh winters, concrete is the preferred paving method for parking lots. They require less maintenance than asphalt, all while being less expensive to install than pavers. However, in order for your parking lot to last, it is important to take proper care of your lot by sealing it with an appropriate and quality concrete sealer.
With proper sealing, cleaning and maintaining a parking lot is significantly easier and less costly. Sealants will even reduce freeze/thaw damage, making a concrete lot more cost effective for a moderately cold climate. The concrete of your parking lot will go throw a lot of wear and tear over the course of its life, and without a proper coat of concrete sealer, you will have to patch it frequently. A patched parking lot does not create a pleasant visual appeal to your building, looking instead rather haphazard and uncared for.
The best way to avoid this is by using concrete sealer, which will protect your concrete lot from weather damage, stains, spills, and various other problems caused by vehicles. This is especially true for parking lots with heavy traffic or with frequent traffic by heavy vehicles, which can lead to serious cracking and staining.
The best choice for sealing your concrete parking lot is a penetrating silane/siloxane sealer, such as Siloxa-Tek 8510. The Siloxa-Tek 8510 will penetrate past the surface pores of the concrete to impregnate the concrete itself. The sealer will close up the air pockets within the material, leading to a deep and lasting protection from the weather, road salt, oil and other vehicle stains, and heavy use. With the Siloxa-Tek 8510, any water from rain or snowmelt, as well as any liquid stains, will bead on the surface of the concrete you will be able to see it working with your own eyes, helping give you peace of mind when it comes to your concrete parking lot.