Can You Sealcoat in the Winter?

Sealcoating a paved surface is essential to maintain your commercial parking spaces. A properly installed asphalt parking lot can last anywhere from two to three decades if maintained well. If left neglected, you can expect your parking lot to start seeing major signs of wear within just a few years. That’s where important maintenance and upkeep items, like sealcoating, can come into play and help extend the life of your parking lot. As the winter months drag on, you may be wondering if sealcoating this time of year is even an option. Pro Pave Inc. is breaking it down for you in the blog post below!


Sealcoat in the Winter


What is Sealcoating?

To begin, let’s first review what sealcoating is and how it helps business owners maintain their asphalt pavement surfaces. We have a whole blog post dedicated to what sealcoating is here if you’d like to brush up on the topic. A short explanation for sealcoating is the application of a liquid coating to asphalt surfaces that effectively “seals” the pavement. Applying a sealcoat surface can help extend the life of your asphalt pavement surface by protecting it from sun exposure, water damage and harsh chemicals. Sealcoating should be applied every 2-3 years to better protect your asphalt pavement surfaces. 


When is the Best Time to Sealcoat?

We are in the throes of winter in the Mid-Atlantic, which means more ice, snow and rain affecting our asphalt surfaces. Sealcoating will help prevent damage to your asphalt surfaces, especially ice and snow that can melt and can cause water damage. So is now the right time to sealcoat your parking lot or paved surface? Pro Pave Inc. recommends that you do not sealcoat in the winter months. Instead, plan ahead to sealcoat your asphalt pavement surfaces for the spring or summer months. We recommend that you avoid sealcoating in the winter months because the process requires a very temperate climate to be done effectively. Asphalt is best sealcoated when the temperature is between 55 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. So you don’t want your surfaces sealcoated during the super hot days of summer, but also not the extremely cold days of winter. Spring and early summer provide the best window for sealcoating asphalt surfaces. The weather also needs to be completely dry, so absolutely no chance of rain hitting your asphalt surfaces. A surface that has sealcoating and is then exposed to rain within 24 hours will not allow for proper drying time. 


Sealcoating With Pro-Pave, Inc. 


Pro-Pave, Inc. has established a reputation as one of the Washington, DC area’s most reliable paving companies. We know everything to know about sealcoating and asphalt paving. 


We currently offer these asphalt services for roads, parking lots, and more: Excavation, Asphalt Stone Work, Asphalt Grading, Asphalt Paving, Asphalt Patching, Asphalt Milling, Asphalt Sealcoating, Asphalt Crack Sealing, and Asphalt Striping and Signage.


 To find out more about how we can help your business with all of your paving needs, contact Pro-Pave today. Visit our website, or give us a call at (703) 433-9500.


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