It is essential to follow your paving contractor's recommended wait times before walking or driving on newly installed or sealcoated asphalt paving in Modesto, CA.
If you have asphalt paving installed on a roadway, parking lot, or driveway, you might wonder how long you will need to wait to drive or walk on it. In most cases, the answer is about 48 hours, though sometimes conditions call for different demands.
Warmer climates and climates with heat and humidity partnerships offer some of the worst conditions possible for asphalt curing. Asphalt can take 48 hours to cure enough for foot traffic and 96 hours to be driven on in sweltering climates. However, you can perform some tests when you are in a hurry to reintroduce traffic to see if your pavement is ready for vehicles. The easiest is a pour test, where you pour a little water on the pavement surface. If the moisture penetrates the pavement, your surface is not ready for vehicle traffic.
If you need to have asphalt installed in a busy parking area in a hot climate, you might try having the project completed during fall, spring, or winter to ensure a faster cure time. On the other hand, if you are on a limited budget, you may be able to find discounted pricing during the summer when paving companies see less demand. However, keep in mind that not all paving professionals offer off-season discounts, so make sure you shop around and do plenty of research to hire a reputable paving company.
Sealcoating maintenance protects your asphalt surface and extends your pavement's life. It protects your pavement from harsh weather, sun exposure, stains, and other harmful elements. Asphalt pavement needs to be fully cured before sealcoating can be completed. It is reasonably easy to test your pavement to see if it is ready for sealcoating maintenance. Pour a bit of water over it. Your pavement is not ready for sealcoating if the water penetrates the surface. Asphalt is manufactured with unique ingredients that make it non-porous, but only after it has properly cured.
You can apply sealcoating in as little as 90 days after installation in cool climates. In warmer regions, it may take as long as 12 months for the asphalt to cure enough for sealcoating application. In Modesto's warm weather, we typically wait about six months for sealcoating new asphalt surfaces. We also recommend sealcoating your pavement every two to three years after the first application for optimal protection and pavement life.
Sealcoating needs time to cure before walking or driving on it, much like asphalt. Climate is the main factor in determining the wait time for reintroducing traffic. It can take up to 72 hours for the sealant to dry enough for vehicle traffic in scorching climates, though most areas allow for a general wait time of 24 hours.
We hope this information has helped you better understand prescribed wait times for foot and vehicle traffic on newly paved and sealcoated surfaces. Contact us today for asphalt paving in Modesto, CA.