While you are relaxing on the beach in July, sealing your driveway is probably the last thing on your mind. Meanwhile, a typical driveway sealant requires a minimal temperature of 50F and long, sunny days in order to dry and cure properly. This means that summer would be ideal for seal coating in Maryland and other states with distinctive seasons. However, due to our busy schedules and the tendency to focus on home improvement projects in spring and fall, we might not to get to taking care of the driveway until September.
Fortunately, you are not too late yet! Thanks to the Indian summer, fall usually gives us a few weeks of warm, sunny weather—your last window for seal coating.
But My Driveway Looks Fine..
Your driveway, in fact, may show no signs of wear and look perfect by the end of summer. But don’t you want to keep it that way? Seal coating is not just for the aging driveways—it’s applied just as commonly to new asphalt surfaces to help maintain their structure longer.
Once your new driveway is exposed to the elements, such as UV rays, summer heat and downpours, the binding element starts to wear down, exposing the small rocks inside. Eventually, it thins out so much that the water is able to penetrate underneath the surface layer and into the base. When the water freezes, it expands, causing cracks and potholes. Coating your driveway with a sealant forms a protective layer between the asphalt and the elements, helping reduce the wear.
How to Prepare for Seal Coating
- Schedule your appointment today. The closer to winter, the busier Maryland paving companies get with last-minute requests. They can’t work in the rain and the weather may be unpredictable in fall.
- Think where you will park your car(s)—the sealant may take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours to dry. If street parking is not available, consider making an arrangement with your neighbors.
- Cut back the grass and gather the leaves. Leaves are another issue with seal coating in fall. You can’t pick every single one, but cleaning your lawn and driveway will make a difference.
If you are not sure whether your driveway needs sealing, try to remember the last time it was sealed. If it’s been more than 3-4 years, it’s probably time for a new coat. Some driveways will require more frequent sealing than others, especially if they are used by multiple cars and/or heavy equipment.
Contact 1-855-Got-Paving to schedule your seal coating appointment today.