Sealing is one of the most important steps in asphalt maintenance when it comes to keeping your pavement looking new and lasting as long as possible. But when is the right time to seal newly laid asphalt? Read on for a comprehensive guide on when to seal your asphalt surface for best results.
What is Asphalt and Why Should It Be Sealed
Asphalt is a type of construction material made from crushed stone, gravel, sand, and bitumen (a dark viscous oil also known as “asphalt”). Asphalt is commonly used for paving roads, driveways, and other areas prone to heavy foot or vehicle traffic.
Sealing asphalt surfaces seals out moisture, which helps prevent water damage and can greatly extend the lifespan of the pavement. In addition, properly sealed surfaces are resistant to weathering agents such as snow and ice, ensuring better traction in slippery conditions and making it less likely that cracks will form due to shifting temperatures. Finally, applying a sealant will give the surface a smooth glossy finish – making it look brand new!
Sealing New Asphalt Surfaces
When newly installed asphalt surfaces need to be sealed depends on a few different factors:
- Commercial and Industrial Projects – For newly installed commercial or industrial projects, we recommend sealing within two weeks of installation.
- Residential Driveways and Smaller Projects – For residential asphalt driveways and other smaller projects such as pathways or walkways, wait two weeks for every inch of thickness before applying a sealant – meaning that if your driveway is eight inches thick, you should wait at least sixteen weeks after installation before sealing.
- Best Time of Year To Seal – The summer months are usually ideal since warm weather accelerates the curing process; however, waiting until late fall can be beneficial, too, since this allows any pre-existing cracks a chance to enlarge so they can later be filled prior to applying the sealer.
Reasons To Work With JR Paving & Construction Co., Inc.
If you’re looking for reliable help with your asphalt paving project or need assistance correctly sealing your new asphalt surface, reach out to JR Paving & Construction Co., Inc. We’ve been in business for decades and specialize in various services related to asphalt paving, such as grading and stormwater management, in addition to concrete work. Plus, all our work follows industry best practices and meets all relevant regulations, so you know you’ll get quality results! Contact us today, and let us help you get started.
Now that you know when it’s ideal to apply a sealant to freshly laid asphalt surfaces, don’t waste time! Reach out to JR Paving & Construction Co., Inc. today for reliable help with any aspect of your paving project, including correctly sealing your new driveway surface after installation. We have years of experience in the business, so you can rest assured knowing your project will be done right!