While asphalt is durable, it is also prone to damage from regular wear and tear, as well as daily traffic and weather conditions. Sealcoating is a cost-effective way to prolong the life of your driveway or parking lot in Portland.
Low-grade asphalt lots and driveways are especially susceptible to cracks and potholes that diminish the curb appeal and are also dangerous to walk and drive on. For all these reasons, you should seal coat your asphalt pavement to preserve its integrity.
Today, we will talk about the best time of the year for asphalt sealcoating. You may also click here to contact K & L Industries for professional sealcoating services.
Before moving forward, we should also consider the importance of sealcoating your asphalt pavement.
For starters, professional-grade sealants repel water, which causes the greatest damage to asphalt surfaces. Sealcoating prevents water from seeping into the base where it causes further deterioration.
It also blocks out harmful UV rays and protects your asphalt pavement from corrosion and cracking caused by salt, chemicals, oxygen, etc.
Moreover, sealcoating also restores the shiny appearance to asphalt surfaces. It is a cost-effective procedure that prevents costly repairs in the long run. It is also a quick process and requires minimal upkeep.
These are the major benefits of sealcoating, provided that it performed in the right season.
When To Sealcoat?
At K&L Industries, we recommend that you seal your asphalt pavement every two to five years. However, this depends on the condition of the surface. For instance, parking lots in Portland that face heavy traffic every day may require sealcoating once a year.
Sometimes, the appearance of the asphalt also calls out for sealcoating. The surface loses its black-top shine, and you may start seeing the color of the stones that make the aggregate. This also causes for sealcoating.
When we specifically talk about the best time of the year for sealcoating, you can safely seal your pavement between May and October. Basically, spring, summer, and fall are all great seasons for sealcoating.
You should avoid sealcoating in winters, especially with water-based sealants. This is because the temperature will freeze the sealants, causing damage to the pavement.
Most property owners consider summer to be the best time to seal coat because the sealants dry up quickly. However, heavy summer rains can destroy the sealcoating project. Ideally, you should seal coat during spring or fall. The temperature is cold at night, while humidity is low, allowing the sealant to dry completely.
Things to Consider
Finally, there are certain things you should keep in mind when sealcoating your asphalt pavement, regardless of month or season.
For instance, you will want to check the forecast to ensure it doesn’t rain during the sealing or drying process. More importantly, you should completely restrict access to the sealed area for at least 12 hours to dry completely.
That’s about it! If you are considered asphalt sealcoating for your commercial or residential property, click here to get a free quote.