While there are some practices to keep in mind when sealcoating your driveway or parking lot in the summer, it’s still feasible as long as you follow some guidelines. 

In fact, some people feel that summer is a better time for driveway and parking lot maintenance. The heat and humidity take the asphalt longer to set, which you’d think would be a downside since it means the driveway, parking lot, or road is less accessible to traffic for that much longer. 

However, this gives crews more time to work on the asphalt and make sure it’s completely smooth. In addition, the consistent summer temperatures make the asphalt more likely to be smooth and free of bubbles.

Whether or not you choose to sealcoat your asphalt surfaces in the summer, there are still steps you can take to get your asphalt ready for warmer temperatures and higher humidity.

Adverse Weather and Its Effect on Asphalt

Depending on your location, harsher climates in the fall, winter, and even spring might have done a number on your pavement. Between snow, hail, ice, and rain, you might find that your once pristine asphalt now has unsightly cracks and pitting from snow settling on it. 

Quite a lot of this can be prevented in the first place by sealcoating, but it’s recommended to redo your sealcoating every two to three years regardless. You don’t necessarily have to redo the whole surface and can sometimes patch the asphalt instead. 

When Sealcoating Wears Off

When sealcoating wears off, the asphalt surface turns a lighter grayish color as opposed to the deep black of a freshly sealcoated driveway. Sometimes you’ll see a bumpy texture, which might be due to the asphalt mixture itself, but could also indicate wear and tear. You can often smooth out this texture by adding more sand to the sealcoating mixture and applying it in two coats.

Anytime you see bumps, pits, cracks, or any other uneven coloring or texture, there’s a greater possibility that water will start seeping into the asphalt surface and damaging it further. So, it’s important to start preventative maintenance sooner rather than later.

Keeping Your Asphalt Surfaces Clean

If you’ve had snow, leaves, or ice settling on the asphalt for the rest of the year, there might be additional oil stains and spills or trash and other debris mixed in. Salt used to melt ice can also be extremely corrosive and damaging to asphalt surfaces

Keep your asphalt surfaces clean and clear of trash and pollutants by sweeping or hosing them down. Even biodegradable food waste like banana peels or apple cores can block traffic and parking markers, attract pests, and ultimately lead to even more wear and tear. 

Remember that if you do hose down your asphalt, use the mist setting on the hose so you don’t create puddles, which will eventually wear away at the surface.

Vehicle Weight Limits and Traffic Markers

Especially if you’re maintaining a commercial parking lot, consider setting and properly posting vehicle weight limits and updating any traffic markers which might have worn off. If the formerly crisp white lines of traffic markers are smudged-looking, this could mean it’s time to redo your sealcoating, so be sure to consult with a professional.

Address Repairs Sooner Rather Than Later

Collett Services will work with your budget and schedule to address any potential driveway repairs sooner rather than later, so they can be fixed before they become bigger issues. In addition to sealcoating and asphalt patching services, Collett Services offers eco-friendly powerwashing. You can visit the website or email to set up a free consultation and estimate.

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