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23 September 2019

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Can Asphalt Sealcoating Take Place Year-Round in Las Vegas?

Maintaining the sealcoating on your asphalt pavement is an important part of asphalt maintenance. The first application of a sealant should be performed on new pavement within one year of construction. Reapplication should continue throughout the asphalt pavement’s life on the schedule recommended by your paving contractor.

Are There Times When Sealcoating Contractors Cannot Apply a Sealant?

Weather conditions present during sealcoating application will influence the viability and integrity of the finished product. Knowledgeable and experienced asphalt sealcoating contractors should be aware of the effects that any weather condition will have on the material during application and throughout its drying and curing phase. Additives to the sealcoating mix can be used successfully under borderline conditions, but additives cannot make up for all weather-related issues.

Reputable and professional sealcoating contractors know not to attempt application of a sealant if ambient and pavement temperatures are expected to fall below the manufacturer’s recommended minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit at any time during application or during the curing phase. Temperatures must remain at or above 50 degrees for at least 24 hours to ensure proper drying and curing of the sealant.

Winter brings colder temperatures, but it also brings shorter days. Sealcoating dries best in direct sun. With the combination of cooler weather and less sunshine, the sealcoating material will dry much slower. Shorter days will typically necessitate that the second coat of sealant cannot be applied until the next day. This may be considered an inconvenience, but it may also translate into higher costs. The shorter days of winter must also be considered if you are planning to have the contractor apply pavement striping after sealcoating. Depending on the size of your lot and the type of paint that you choose, parking lot striping and marking may add an additional day to the process.

Asphalt pavement contractors recommend that asphalt crack repair be performed as quickly as possible. It is best to ensure that all breaks in the pavement are filled or sealed before winter arrives. If sealcoating is also necessary, it is often better to wait until the return of spring and warmer weather to apply the sealant.

Temperatures can also be too hot for successful application of a sealcoating material. Manufacturers of sealcoating products recommend a maximum ambient and pavement surface temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Experienced asphalt sealcoating contractors in Las Vegas, where summer temperatures often exceed that threshold, have learned to work around the heat. Sealcoating during the cooler morning hours ensures optimum conditions. As temperatures rise, drying and curing properties are enhanced. Low humidity also enhances the drying and curing process. The pavement temperature can also be reduced by spraying a fine mist of water on its surface before application of the sealcoating material.

If you are concerned about whether the weather could prevent a contractor from sealcoating your asphalt pavement, the best thing to do is contact a reputable, experienced sealcoating professional. If possible, be prepared to offer pertinent information about your pavement, including its size, whether it has numerous cracks or potholes, and whether you need to change your parking lot layout. You should also expect that the asphalt company will send a representative to evaluate the job before making a firm quote. There are many variables that can affect the price and the feasibility of applying a sealant if conditions are marginal.

Affordable Striping & Sealing specializes in asphalt maintenance with services that include asphalt crack repair, sealcoatingasphalt striping and marking, traffic signs, and parking lot layout and design. We are known for providing high-quality results at reasonable rates. You can submit our online form or call 702-222-9009 if you would like to receive a free quote.