Asphalt Sealcoating & Winter Construction

Asphalt Sealcoating & Winter Construction, sealcoating las vegasMany Las Vegas residents claim that autumn is their favorite season. The scorching heat of summer fades, the air is not quite as dry, and the evenings are conducive to outdoor activities. However, if the seal coating on your asphalt parking lot needs attention, you might want to consider scheduling the work before winter arrives.

Asphalt Sealcoating & Winter Construction

What Parking Lot Maintenance Should You Schedule in the Fall?

Have your asphalt pavement inspected by a reputable professional. Most asphalt sealcoating contractors recommend an inspection in the fall and another in the spring. Your asphalt contractor should look for and repair any potholes, cracks or other pavement breaks. If the contractor finds any drainage issues, you will want to correct them. It is also a good idea to clean your pavement thoroughly to remove any petroleum-based automotive fluids that have leaked onto the pavement; these fluids can leave asphalt pavement weak and soft. You should then have a sealcoating professional apply fresh sealant.

Since reputable sealcoating contractors will not attempt to apply seal coating over cracked or dirty pavement, one call is typically all it takes to get your asphalt pavement ready for winter. An experienced, diligent contractor will make any necessary repairs, treat any oil stains and clean the pavement thoroughly before applying the sealant.

What Is the Problem With Applying Sealant in the Winter?

Because Las Vegas tends to have a great number of beautiful days during the winter months, many people assume that it is possible to apply sealant year-round. It is true that there may be some isolated occasions that allow sealcoating in the winter, but you cannot count on finding a winter day on which all conditions are just right.

Asphalt sealcoating is a sensitive product. Its curing properties are highly impacted by air and ground temperatures, humidity levels, wind speed and hours of exposure to direct sunlight. The biggest problem that asphalt sealcoating contractors face in the late fall and winter is the temperature. The air and ground temperatures should both be at least 50 degrees during the sealant application and throughout the first night. If temperatures drop below the critical point, the sealant will not cure properly. Therefore, although there may be winter days that meet the minimum requirement, there is a good chance that the temperature will drop too much overnight.

A secondary problem involves the relative humidity. Sealants cure by evaporating the water they contain. Evaporation rates are higher when humidity levels are low. Evaporation also increases as temperatures rise. In Las Vegas, the humidity levels are usually highest during the months of November, December, January and February. These also tend to be the coolest months. The combination of higher humidity levels and lower temperatures makes a successful sealcoating job problematic.

If you need sealcoating, schedule the work before a quality application becomes impossible. In the months to come, you will be glad that you were proactive about protecting your paving investment.

Call the Experts for Help

Affordable Striping & Sealing specializes in asphalt parking lot maintenance. We offer an extensive range of services, including sealcoating, asphalt crack repair, asphalt striping and pavement markings, parking lot design and layout, bumper blocks, traffic signs and road markings. Whether you need to prolong the life of your asphalt pavement through sealcoating, improve the efficiency of your parking lot design or make sure that your lot complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we can help. We are known for our integrity, the exceptional quality of our work and our dedication to the complete satisfaction of our customers. We make it easy to request a free quote; just call us at 702-222-9009 or fill out the online request form.

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