Seal Coating – More Then a Cosmetic Improvement

Seal Coating Helps Company Produce a Memorable Open House and Supports Facility Safety, Improved Access, Risk Management, Customer Satisfaction, and Extended Parking Lot Service Life.
By Brian Cowan | bcowan@munsoninc.com
Challenges
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In addition to looking good for open house guests, the seal coating provides a pleasant environment for employees, vendors, and suppliers

A leading Milwaukee-area custom pipe-and-tube-bending service company planned a remarkable open house for its

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Beyond cosmetics, the seal coating helps the parking lot to better accommodate facility traffic, parking, and delivery needs and provides safer and much more effective guest access. The wider parking stalls are more compatible for existing use and minimizing company liability for any ding damage caused when parked vehicles open their doors.

customers and sought to make a memorable impression, beginning before guests entered its facility. Famous for its ability to meet short lead times, the company could provide only a tight window for the Munson, Inc. Seal Coating Crew to seal coat and stripe the facility parking lot: Friday to Monday, with the Open House scheduled for Tuesday.  The parking lot was large enough to accommodate daily facility parking and delivery needs but its parking stall dimensions were not adequate to address the size and performance characteristics of the majority of today’s vehicles. The narrow parking stalls impacted the effectiveness of the existing reserved parking area for visitors with disabilities, making it difficult and dangerous for these guest to exit their vehicles, if cars were parked in the adjacent, non-reserved parking stalls. The narrow parking stalls were also the main reason vehicles parking in the lot collected lots of small, round dings and dents – mostly in the middle of the vehicles’ doors.  Concurrent with the tight window for seal coating, repair work was wrapping up by other construction trades on exterior facility walls (repairs and painting) and on the existing sidewalk serving the facility.

Actions Taken
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The re -configured parking lot layout now provides sufficient room for visitors with disabilities to easily and safely exit their vehicles and access the facility.

Fortunately for all concerned the weather cooperated and the Munson, Inc. Seal Coating Crew was able to coordinate seal coating activities to accommodate facility usage and the work of the other contractors on site.  The parking lot was seal-coated on Friday and striped on Sunday.  Munson, Inc. helped the company to re-configure its parking lot layout, eliminating one of the non-reserved parking stalls adjacent to the handicapped parking area to provide sufficient room for visitors with disabilities to easily and safely exit their vehicles and access the facility. Dimensions for parking stalls were widened and lengthened to be compatible with the size and performance characteristics of the today’s vehicles, without compromising the ability of the lot to meet daily facility parking and delivery needs.

Results
The customer was very pleased with the job, and the fresh parking lot seal coating and striping created a

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As part of a proper asphalt pavement maintenance program, theseal coating will delay the need for major repairs while extending parking lot service life.

very favorable first impression for people attending the open house.  The seal coating and striping also provided a quick, affordable, and cost-effective way for the company to improve the curb appeal, access, safety, and usefulness of its parking lot and imparted many other long-term benefits.  The new parking lot layout better accommodates facility traffic, parking, and delivery needs and provides safer and much more effective guest access. The wider parking stalls are more compatible for existing use and minimizing company liability for any ding-damage caused when adjacent parked vehicles open their doors.  The seal coating is helping to preserve the resilience of the asphalt parking lot surface and has sealed the existing small surface cracks, which will prevent water from seeping into and damaging the asphalt pavement subbase. The seal coating is also protecting the lot from the harmful effects of the sun and from

any damage from oil or grease dripping from parked vehicles. The seal coating has filled in all small surface imperfections, providing a smooth, even surface that reduces falls and injuries and facilitates cleaning and maintenance. By providing a dark surface, winter ice and snow now melt faster; spring, summer, and fall rains dry quicker, and parking stalls are more visible. A final long-term benefit of the project – As part of a proper asphalt pavement maintenance program, the seal coating will delay the need for major repairs while extending parking lot service life.
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