When Can We Start Sealcoating

There are several steps you can take to make sure that you get the best return on your investment in asphalt pavement, but asphalt sealcoating is an extremely economical and highly effective maintenance procedure that can have a dramatic impact on the life of your pavement.

  • Helps asphalt pavement retain its moisture content to prevent dry, deteriorated asphalt.
  • Blocks ultraviolet radiation, commonly known as UV rays, that can age asphalt and fade its color.
  • Forms a hard barrier that helps keep automotive fluids from penetrating to the asphalt and softening it.
  • Rejuvenates asphalt’s color, restoring its rich color, and enhancing the property’s curb appeal.
  • Fills small voids in asphalt pavement to give it a more even appearance.

Considering all that coating can do for asphalt pavement, it is not surprising that as soon as winter begins to turn to spring, property owners start wondering when they can have fresh sealant applied. There is no easy answer to this question, and an explanation of the importance of weather for successful sealcoating can reveal why the question is not as straightforward as it seems.

Why Start Sealcoating?

Asphalt Coating needs to cure if it is to provide adequate protection for asphalt pavement. Ideally, asphalt sealant should be sufficiently cured for the area to be reopened to traffic within 24 hours. Sunlight and warm temperatures help the coating cure. On overcast days or if the temperature is too low, it can require longer curing times. 

The best conditions for starting sealcoats are when air and ground temperatures are both at least 50 degrees and rising, the humidity is less than 50 percent and all areas of the newly sealed pavement will receive at least three hours of sunshine immediately following application. Of course, there are “work-arounds” that experienced sealcoating contractors can use when conditions are less than perfect. However, it is essential that no rain falls on the fresh sealant for at least half a day as this can ruin the job.

Best Months to Sealcoat in Michigan

The best months for starting sealcoating are very dependent on your location. The prime coating season in Michigan is not as long as the season in places such as Brownville, Texas, or Miami, Florida. In Michigan, sealcoating usually starts for the Upper Peninsula around the end of May or first of June, and the season normally ends by September 30. The season usually starts a week or two earlier on the Lower Peninsula and lasts an additional week or two in the fall. There may be opportunities to apply it outside of these months, but there may also be times during the season that it is not possible to do so.

Why Choose B&E Coating Services?

At B&E Coating Services, we have built our reputation on the quality of the work we have done for customers throughout Michigan. We offer a complete array of asphalt maintenance services for asphalt pavement. We have more than 15 years of asphalt paving industry experience, and we are committed to providing the best results at affordable rates. To request your free quote, call our Alma MI sealcoat contractors at 989-352-7305 or use our convenient online form. One of the many areas we service are Mt Pleasant, Blanchard, Greenville, and Alma, MI!