Despite their durability, asphalt surfaces are susceptible to damage and wear, which is why they require an extensive maintenance regime to ensure that they retain their durability and appearance and can enjoy a long service life. Seal coating is one such preventive maintenance measure that protects an asphalt surface against scuffing, oil spills and stains, moisture, UV rays, deicers, and a bunch of other harmful stuff.
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An asphalt surface requires a seal coat every three years or so, depending on the traffic it receives. However, you cannot randomly and blindly jump into an asphalt sealcoating project unless you are willing to splurge one a project that will cost you time, money, and convenience, and in the end, yield poor results. A lot of planning that goes into it. You need to check the weather forecast and more. Since your surface will be off-limit for a few hours till the seal coat has dried, you can’t allow any foot or vehicular traffic on the pavement. So ask your contractor about the estimated time for this process, and choose a time of day, keeping in mind the business hours and weather conditions.
Ideal weather conditions for seal coating:
Season: The ideal time in the year for seal coating is summer, as a seal coat needs hot and dry conditions to cure properly.
Temperature: The temperature needs to stay between 50° and 90° during the entire seal coating process, or at a minimum of 40°. The higher the temperature, the quicker the process will be completed.
Shade: Sunlight helps speed up the curing and drying process, which might take hours on a cloudy day. However, direct sunlight and scorching temperatures can sometimes harden the sealer so quickly that it develops early cracks.
Moisture: Seal coating cannot be done on a moist pavement. The pavement should not be washed prior to seal coating. Also, there should be no rainfall, snowfall, mist, or high humidity 48 hours before and 24 hours after the seal coating process is done. Moisture makes it harder for the sealer to bond to the pavement, so check the forecast before starting the project.
Keeping all this in mind, the best time of the day to seal coat is in the morning, so the curing can take place in the afternoon when there is ample sunlight to help in the drying, and the temperatures are hot and constant. The temperatures need to be high to reduce the downtime – the lower the temperature, the longer your customers will get inconvenienced. For example, at 50°F, it will probably take the asphalt sealer up to 48 to 72 hours to fully cure.
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