I'm not aware of any place where they "seal coat" either roads or
parking lots - the closest thing that comes to "sealing" is when they
apply a TOP COAT of gravel and asphalt to a gravel road (and there are
not too many of those left around specifically because of the high
cost of this type of maintenance).
Where might this area be that the parking lots are sealed 'all the
It doesn't appear to be logical for a parking lot operator to go to
the expense of sealing their lot and then take on the added cost of re
striping the lot (interesting thing is if this is in the US they will
have to bring the spaces up to current ADA compliance too!)
Central NC..bit west of you.
Hell..when I was in Raliegh, several of the lots there were sealed...one or
two on Capital come to mind right off, and thats cause when I was there for
a training class, when we broke for lunch, I was able to slide the van
around like it had casters on it in the rain..
The two issues that cause road problems in colder climates: utility
cuts and patches; frost heaves. Sealing a roadway will do nothing to
help with frost heaves that raise sections several inches. The do seal
the cracks resulting from the frost heaves on some roads but this is
done with a tar based "crack filler" applied just to the cracks,
not as a surface treatment.
I've seen entire parking lots sealed but it's done for cosmetic
reasons, the same as most driveways.
I'm not sure what you mean by 'cosmetic'. Doesn't cosmetic mean there
are minor defects?...which will accelerate into major
defects?...unless repaired when they are minor.
Have a nice week...
Cat...the OTHER white meat!
When speaking of driveway sealer and sealing of parking lots cosmetic
means exactly what the Merriam-Webster definition says:
Main Entry: 1cos·met·ic
Etymology: Greek kosmEtikos skilled in adornment, from kosmein to
arrange, adorn, from kosmos order
1 : of, relating to, or making for beauty especially of the complexion
: BEAUTIFYING <cosmetic salves>
2 : done or made for the sake of appearance: as a : correcting defects
especially of the face <cosmetic surgery> b : DECORATIVE, ORNAMENTAL c
: not substantive : SUPERFICIAL <cosmetic changes>
3 : visually appealing
- cos·met·i·cal·ly /-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb
Sealing will not correct any defects, minor or major and will not
delay the need for repairs - if there are any defects they will have
to be repaired, regardless of any sealing that has been applied. In
fact once a program of periodic sealing has been established it will
be necessary to continue it for precisely the cosmetic purposes it was
applied - the sealer will slough off and leave the "sealed" surface
looking worse than it would have had it not been sealed in the first
On Tue, 19 Aug 2003 21:44:02 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
So how come those of use in the freeze thaw states don't see every
parking lot out there being sealed. The only time I see it is when
they are looking to dress up the appearance or move the parking
space alignment. Otherwise it doesn't happen. Must be a big secret
that it's so effective - they don't even share it with businesses
who could buy the service.
There are parking lots that have crack sealer applied to the major
cracks, just like the roads. No surface sealers.
That doesn't say much for your skills of observation. I live in
Connecticut and it's a very widespread and common practice. Most of
the guys who do private driveways do it as a side business, using
leftovers from commercial jobs.
On Wed, 20 Aug 2003 13:32:10 GMT, BinaryBillThesailor@Sea++.com wrote:
And do they also sell bridges they have on hand in Brooklyn? The left
over from commercial jobs is the oldest line in the scam artists work
book - it is the anthem of the "Irish Travelers" as they wend their
way across the northern US every spring through summer!
I think my driveway is proof enough. 17 years and counting.
I've have neighbors who have the same age or newer driveways
and they did nothing to them. They have or are now getting new
driveways. It looks like I may get another 10 years or so out of mine.
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