Having a professional apply a high-quality sealant to your asphalt pavement is an extremely effective and economical way to substantially extend the life of your pavement. Because sealants are not permanent, they will need to be applied once during the pavement’s first year and every 18 to 30 months thereafter. The overall condition of your pavement and the traffic it receives will determine the exact interval between sealant applications. Although many people believe that Houston sealcoating can be applied in any season, summer is actually the best time to schedule the procedure.
Why Should I Schedule My Sealcoating During the Summer Months?
Any experienced asphalt paving company can tell you that sealants can be demanding products to apply. They require several hours of direct sunlight, the temperature cannot fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the application and for the first 24 hours, and they cure faster when the humidity levels are below 50 percent. In the Houston area, the humidity is virtually always greater than 70 percent, so the contractor applying your parking lot sealcoat already has that going against him. Based on meteorological statistics, there is an excellent chance that the overnight low can drop below 50 degrees during five months of the year. In the summer, at least your contractor can be sure that the temperature will cooperate. Furthermore, the days are longer in the summer, so the sealant will receive the necessary sunlight. The additional hours of daylight also allow the contractor to accomplish more on the same day, which is an important consideration if you need multiple coats of sealant as well as other types of parking lot maintenance.
How Do Sealants Extend the Life of Asphalt Pavement?
As sealants cure, they form a hard shell that bonds to the pavement. This shell blocks the ultraviolet radiation from the sun that dries out asphalt pavement and fades its color. The shell also helps protect against damage from automotive fluids, salt, and overheated tires. Pavements that are protected by sealants will be less likely to experience significant cracking, which helps prevent water from penetrating to the foundation.
How Can I Learn More About Asphalt Sealants?
Contact Marathon Solutions Group if you need honest answers to your paving-related questions. We offer an extensive range of services, including asphalt sealcoating, paving, asphalt resurfacing, repair, and milling as well as parking lot striping, concrete repair and installation, thermoplastic markings, bollard installation, and parking lot signage. We are known for superior workmanship, outstanding customer service, and reasonable rates. If you would like a free quote, fill out the online form or call 800-879-1147.