Getting your parking lot sealcoated may not be the biggest investment you'll make in your business this year, but it's definitely big enough that you'll want to plan your budget out in advance with sealcoating in mind. In addition to being a critical part of parking lot health, sealcoating can also help your business present a well-kept store front that will help signal value to potential customers.
But, if you're planning to have sealcoating done once a year, the question arises: which time of year is best? Summer and fall are usually considered the better times for sealcoating, and, although in some situations you may have to have it done in winter, even spring is often considered a better time for sealcoating. Here are three reasons why this is the case.
1. The Weather Is More Likely to Be Wet in the Winter
Although excessively hot weather and excessively cold weather can both present problems for personnel who work out in the open, winter weather is more of a problem where sealcoating is concerned. One significant reason for this is because winter weather is likely to be wet.
If any precipitation is present, or even if there's just standing water or dew on the ground, the sealcoating process will have to be rescheduled. The purpose of the coating is to protect the asphalt from water; as you can imagine, applying the coating over a layer of water isn't likely to fulfill that purpose, and the job would likely have to be done over on a dryer day.
2. The Job Is Likely to Take Longer and Cost More If Done in the Winter
That's right, not only is it harder to find a dry day on which to work in the winter, but it could actually cost more! That's because there are a couple more features of the winter season that work against the sealcoating process: the amount of sunlight and the temperature. The temperature must be at least in the fifties in order for the process to be effective, and the sunlight is also important.
There's less sunlight in the winter, yet road construction can be done after sunset; why not sealcoating? One difference between sealcoating and other types of construction work is that the substance used needs to have enough sunlight or it won't be able to dry and cure optimally–the UV rays are key to this process. So in order to give the coating enough time in the sunlight, it may be necessary to do separate coats on separate days, meaning the job will take longer in the winter.
This not only means you'll have to pay more for the job, but it also means your parking lot will be out of commission for customers for longer periods of time. This can translate to lost revenue and annoyed customers.
3. The Pavement Is Likely to Suffer Winter Damage If Not Coated Before Winter Sets In
One of the reasons sealcoating is necessary is because it keeps water from getting into tiny grooves in the pavement. If water does get in, winter damage can occur due to the freeze/thaw cycle: the water in the groove will freeze, forcing the pavement apart and creating a crack. Then more water gets into the crack, and the whole thing progresses further at the next freeze.
As you can imagine, getting your sealcoating done before winter freezes set in is optimal in order to prevent this type of damage.
You can see why summer is considered a better time for sealcoating your parking lot than winter is. The process works better, costs less and prevents more damage when you have it done during summertime. If you'd like more information about sealcoating services, contact Paving Construction Services, Inc. at 800-965-5422.