Common Questions About Protecting Your Driveway.

Common Questions About Protecting Your Driveway.

Common Questions About Protecting Your Driveway.

As with many businesses, sealcoating companies get lots of questions. For example, how long does sealcoating last? When is the best time to apply sealcoating in Livermore, CA? Can sealcoating repair the holes in my driveway? We always strive to keep our customers informed, so paving experts answer some of the more common questions about what's involved or when you should add sealcoating to your driveway or parking lot.

How long does sealcoating last?

When people ask this question, our short answer is usually a few years. In truth, the lasting power of sealcoating depends on a few different factors, including exposure to the sun, oil or gas leaks, and the amount of traffic in your driveway. Unfortunately, we find that far too many business owners or homeowners wait up to a decade before considering resealing driveways parking lots. By this time, the damage is evident. The surface that was once dark black is now faded to gray.

On the other hand, we also see customers who use far too much caution when it comes to sealcoating their driveways, and they have their driveways sealcoated once a year. The overuse of sealer can cause cracking, flaking, or peeling if it builds up. It's important to note that the industry standard for replacing sealcoating is every two to three years. Waiting to apply a new sealcoat allows the sealer on your driveway or parking lot to wear away before the next resealing process.

How long should I wait after having new asphalt applied to the sealcoat?

If you've just had a new driveway or parking lot installed, industry standards recommend waiting six months to a year or going through a winter season before having sealcoating applied to the surface.

How do I know if I need to repair my asphalt?

There will always be signs on your pavement to remind you that it's time for repairs. You just need to know what to look for. Potholes or warped and buckled surfaces are obvious signs that your driveway needs repair, but you should also be aware of more subtle signs like:

  • Fading and stains.
  • Lingering puddles.
  • Alligator cracks.

If you see any of these signs on your driveway surface, it's time to consult with a professional paving contractor.

Will landscaping mulch and fertilizer affect the sealing process on my driveway?

This is an excellent question for a customer to ask. If this is the situation at your home and you have a sealcoating procedure scheduled, professionals suggest that you power wash your driveway at least two days before they get there. The biggest concern with this is that the sealer might have a chemical reaction to mulch or fertilizer, causing it to become discolored.

When is the best time for sealcoating a driveway or parking lot?

Any sealcoating professional knows that warmer weather works best for sealcoating. Therefore, spring, summer, and fall are good times for scheduling a seal coating process. The primary key is that ground, and air temperatures need to be above 50 degrees. With that in mind, if you have a commercial parking lot and need it not to be off-limits for an extended period, professionals recommend having it sealed during the hotter times of the year so that the seal can cure and dry faster.

Contact M. Carroll Blacktop Services if you have questions about sealcoating in Livermore, CA. Our expertise spans over 45 years in the industry, and our family-owned and operated paving company is here to suit all of your service needs!

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