After Season Sealcoating

Our local sealcoating professionals offer infrared asphalt repair, parking lot striping, crack repair, asphalt paving services to a variety of different Michigan clients.

Sealcoating is an extremely effective process that can have a last impact on your paved surface.

Winters can be hazardous to the health of your asphalt pavement. The repeated freezing and thawing of the ground and deicing chemicals such as salt can take a heavy toll on the condition of your pavement. Sealcoating is an economical way to make your asphalt pavement more resistant to winter’s damages, but what should you do if you did not have fresh sealcoating applied during the sealcoating season? The good news is that it might still be possible to have your pavement sealed if the necessary requirements can be met.

The Requirements

Temperature Requirements

The minimum temperature at which sealcoating can be applied is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This minimum includes the ground temperature as well as the air temperature. This specific necessity must be met from the moment work commences until the sealant is fully cured, so overnight lows are of special importance.

Weather Requirements

The weather needs to be dry while the new sealant is applied and for at least 24 hours after the application is completed; rain or even heavy dew can ruin a sealcoating job if the sealant is not fully cured. A humidity rate of less than 50 percent helps sealant dry faster. If the humidity is extremely high, it might not be wise to apply sealcoating late in the year since drying times are already longer due to cooler temperatures and fewer hours of sunlight.

If Sealcoating Is Impossible

The only way to know whether your asphalt paving contractor can apply sealcoating is to ask him. Conditions can vary greatly from day to day, so what might be possible on Tuesday might be impossible by Thursday. Should it prove impossible to have sealcoating applied before the arrival of winter, there are certain things that you can do to protect your pavement until spring.

  • Have any breaks in the pavement’s surface repaired – Potholes and cracks allow water to leak beneath the pavement and erode the foundation. Once the water freezes, the damage can be even more extensive.
  • Make sure that your pavement has adequate drainage – Clear debris from storm drains and catch basins to prevent rain or melting snow from backing up under the edges of your pavement or around grills.
  • Thoroughly clean spills of gasoline, oil or other automotive fluids – Petroleum-based products soften asphalt pavement, so it is better to avoid giving them all winter to work on your pavement.

B & E Coating Services specializes in asphalt maintenance for all types of customers in Blanchard and the surrounding areas. In addition to sealcoating, we offer infrared asphalt repair, parking lot striping, crack repair, asphalt paving and many other related services. We provide quality results at affordable prices, and we are committed to protecting our environment with non-coal tar sealantsfor the health of our customers and employees. You can request a free quote by calling (989) 352-7305 or submitting our online form.