Due to the changing weather conditions outside, asphalt pavement can undergo significant wear and tear with the passage of time. It is recommended to carry out its regular maintenance since the repair process for an asphalt pavement can be lengthy and costly. To give the asphalt pavement protection that increases its life and keeps it in good condition, sealcoating your asphalt in Nevada is essential. It is important first to understand how temperature and humidity can affect the whole process if in the event you are thinking of sealcoating your asphalt during the winter. The degree of difficulty of sealcoating will vary according to the temperature and humidity levels, depending on where you live. The asphalt seal coating season lasts nearly year-round in Nevada, however, extreme cold can delay the process, but that is usually just a concern in Northern Nevada. There are a lot of factors that can be affected during the whole process, so sealcoating is not entirely impossible during winters. Today, we at Andersen Asphalt & Striping would like the opportunity the factors that greatly affect the seal coating process in winters for your consideration.
Temperature & Other Considerations for Sealcoating in Cold Winter Weather
1) Temperature. It is imperative to ensure that the temperature outside is more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit to carry out a successful seal coating process. It will require a temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above during the whole process since the pavement of the driveway being seal coated will require enough drying period to cure itself. In some places of Nevada, during the winters, this is something that will be difficult to achieve. During winters as the drying process for one coat will be higher than usual, seal coating requires two coats which will result in more time taken as well.
2) UV Rays. The absence of sufficient UV radiation during winters will result in an increased time frame for the seal coating job, UV Radiation helps the asphalt pavement dry out quickly. In addition to increasing the overall cost, it will also expose the asphalt pavement to more chances of being damaged during the process. During the winters, the application of seal coating done with sprayers is not possible as well, and this is why it will have to be undertaken manually which will also result in higher costs for the whole process.
3) Humidity. It is important to ensure that the humidity levels are not too high when attempting to seal coat your asphalt driveway, considering the temperature-sensitive nature of the whole process. It will result in a longer time taken by the asphalt driveway to completely dry out because the higher levels of humidity can cause an increased level of moisture in the air. Before you decide to take on the seal coating job, it is important to check the levels of humidity.
Sealcoating Asphalt During Winter Months
It is recommended that it should be done before the winters to avoid the higher costs associated with seal coating during winters, even though it is extremely important to make proper repairs and carry out regular maintenance for the asphalt driveway or pavement. To your asphalt and keeps the cost of the whole process to a minimum, taking care of seal coating right before winters prevents you from causing serious damage.