How to Take Care of Your Newly Sealcoated Surface

January 10, 2020 3:30 am Published by

Sealcoating long-term care in Santa Rosa, CA is not as difficult as you might think, but the longevity of the sealcoating over your paved surface does depend on factors like how you provide care and maintenance. For instance, a paved area that is well taken care of is more likely to hold up better over time than one that’s generally neglected. You must remember that caring for your sealcoated surface is important for more than just aesthetic reasons. It’s up to you to make sure the sealcoating is properly maintained, or you risk uneven coverage and accelerated deterioration.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to combat such issues. Below is a list of helpful aftercare maintenance tips to help you take care of your newly sealed surface.

Wait before you use it

While it doesn’t take long to sealcoat a paved surface, the seal needs a certain amount of time to dry and cure. For the most part, you won’t have to wait too long in the summertime, but the cooler months require more time. When it’s 60 degrees Fahrenheit and rising, wait 24 hours; 50 degrees and rising, wait 36 hours; and 45 degrees and rising, wait 48 hours. Sealcoating is not recommended if the temperature is below 45 degrees. Be patient and let the sealcoating job cure completely before you walk or drive vehicles over it.

Keep it clean

It’s normal for leaves and other outside debris to fall onto surfaces with fresh sealcoating. This will probably happen, but don’t worry—most debris won’t cause long-term problems. In fact, once the sealcoat has dried, the wind will blow most of the debris away. Use a broom to sweep away remaining debris. Over the long term, you will need to watch for and remove fluid puddles left behind by vehicles. Be prepared with a bag of kitty litter—sprinkle it on the spill, let it absorb, then sweep it up.

Water the sealcoated surface

Watering a newly sealcoated surface helps cure the sealer. This is a useful step for sealcoating done in the summertime, but isn’t necessary in the winter. Watering the sealed area only takes a couple minutes—simply wait until the sun is not hitting the area, like in the evening or early morning, and sprinkle the area with water from a garden hose, making sure to cover at least 80 to 90 percent of the surface.

Prepare for winter

Winter conditions will vary depending on where you live. While black ice and super-slick surfaces are not typical in many parts of California, it’s best to not use common deicing products on sealcoated surfaces, because they can break down the durability of the paved surface. Instead, use sand to create traction.

Sikes Asphalt Group Inc. in Santa Rosa, CA knows that sealcoating longevity is important to homeowners and commercial property owners alike. We’d be glad to discuss the particulars of paving or sealcoating your specific property. Reach out to us today for all your asphalt needs!

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