Figuring out when to sealcoat asphalt pavement is a vital decision to make in the installation of any new parking lot. Sealcoating your new parking lot preserves its pristine appearance and reduces maintenance costs over time by preventing the damage that naturally occurs from exposure to weather and usage. However, because of the nature of sealcoating, there are more considerations to make than merely getting the job done as soon as possible. The age of your parking lot and local environmental conditions help determine the ideal time to sealcoat a parking lot.
While you want to sealcoat your lot as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of sustaining damage during the interim period, new asphalt installations generally have to sit for at least 90 days before they are ready for their first application. To check if your lot is ready, pour a gallon of clean water over it to see if the water fans out evenly and does not show rainbow colored rings. If it passes this test, then it is ready. Additionally, you need to consider local weather, including temperature and the likelihood of precipitation. Both the temperature of the asphalt and the ambient temperature should be between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit to maximize the utility of a sealcoating application.
Since timing is a crucial aspect of installing a sealcoat application, you need to find a pavement contractor you can rely on to do the job when it needs to be done. Around Houston, LDC Paving provides the knowledge, local experience and level of commitment you need to have your sealcoating applied at the ideal time and in the most effective way possible. To start the process of sealcoating your parking lot, contact LDC at 281-738-5336 or fill out the Free Job Quote form.