With the summer season in full swing, the last thing you might be thinking about is the condition of your asphalt. Parking lots and driveways need to be maintained regularly to ensure that they remain structurally sound.
Adding a sealcoat to the surface of your asphalt can help address minor damage and keep your asphalt surfaces in good repair. Summer is the best time to invest in sealing services for a number of reasons.
1. Ideal Temperatures
The product that is applied to asphalt surfaces during sealing needs to cure properly to provide maximum protection. Cold temperatures can cause the sealant to become brittle, resulting in more cracks and holes appearing in your asphalt driveway or parking lot.
Temperatures during the summer months are high, which gives the sealant time to cure. Although spring daytime temperatures may be adequate for sealcoating, the nighttime temperatures during spring are usually much lower than the summer nighttime temperatures.
By giving your sealant access to warm temperatures around the clock, summer provides the perfect environment for quality asphalt sealing.
2. Long Days
Another reason why sealcoating is a popular service during the summer months is the longer days that come along with the summer season. The Earth is tilted more toward the sun during the summer. As a result, more direct sunlight floods the Earth and the hemisphere tilted closest to the sun enjoys earlier sunrises and later sunsets.
Long days means plenty of time for workers to apply a sealcoat product properly. The application of a sealcoating becomes safer and more efficient when you opt to schedule this service during the summer months.
3. Low Moisture
Summer is typically the driest season in any given region. The low moisture levels in the air and soil during the summer create ideal conditions for sealcoating. Water can be extremely destructive during the sealant curing process.
Any water that infiltrates the sealant prior to a full cure can freeze and expand when winter hits. This expansion will compromise the integrity of the sealant, causing it to crumble and expose the asphalt beneath to the elements. Laying down a sealcoat during the summer helps to virtually eliminate any potential for water contamination during application.
Contact a trusted paving contractor in your area to schedule a sealcoating for your driveway or parking lot this summer. The warm temperatures, long days, and low moisture associated with summer make it the perfect season for asphalt repairs.
For more information, contact a company like Branche Industries.