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Asphalt Driveway Maintenance – Is Fall Too Late for Sealcoating?

Fall is fast approaching. Soon the leaves will start to change colors, and the air will begin to cool. For many homeowners, this means it’s time for fall yard work. One of the most important tasks you can perform during the fall season is asphalt driveway maintenance. When it comes to fall maintenance of your driveway or any other asphalt surfaces, you need to ask yourself one question: Is fall too late for driveway sealcoating?

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The Answer

It depends on which part of the fall season we’re talking about. May to October is generally considered the best time for sealcoating and other asphalt driveway maintenance. Remember, the fall season extends well into December. By then, the temperatures will have dipped way too low for sealcoating. The best time for fall asphalt maintenance is early in the season, primarily September to October. However, it all depends on Mother Nature and what weather she decides to bestow on us. It is best to consult with your local asphalt professional to determine if the current fall weather is conducive for asphalt sealcoating. 

Ideal Sealcoating Conditions

The best time for asphalt sealcoating is during the daytime when the pavement and air temperatures are 50 degrees (Fahrenheit) and rising. Your asphalt professional will also monitor the weather closely and choose a period when there will be no rain for at least 24 hours during and after the application. If sealcoating is performed in less than ideal conditions, cracking or flaking can result. The sealcoating will also be more susceptible to tracking, power steering marks, discoloration, and reduced durability. 

Sealcoating Benefits

Driveway sealcoating is a simple and effective way to prevent the damage that environmental elements can cause. Not only does it protect your driveway from water, but also from salt, chemicals, sunlight, or oxygen which all contribute to corrosion and cracking. Regularly sealcoating your asphalt driveway will protect it from the potential damage caused by the elements and extend its life span.

Additional Fall Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Tips

Depending on the condition of your driveway, additional maintenance may be necessary before having sealcoating applied. It is important to make sure your driveway is as clean as possible. Power washing with a degreasing detergent is a great way to remove dirt and grease from the asphalt surface. Give extra attention to grease or oil stains as these can repel the sealcoating or cause discoloration.

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Any grass or weeds growing along the edges of your driveway, in cracks or potholes should be cut back as close as possible. Any clippings should be swept or blown off before asphalt driveway maintenance and sealcoating begins.

Cracks and potholes need to be repaired before sealcoating as well. Your asphalt professional will use a crack sealer to repair cracks that are one-quarter inch or larger. The crack sealer is asphalt-based and works like a caulk to fill in the cracks. Potholes are filled in with an asphalt repair mixture and tamped to make it as smooth as possible. 

Professional Asphalt Driveway Maintenance

While it is possible for asphalt driveway maintenance and sealcoating to be a DIY project, it is not recommended. For the best possible results and durability, call in the professionals. Certified Asphalt provides full-service commercial and residential asphalt services to Ocean County, Monmouth County, and surrounding areas. We specialize in asphalt paving, milling, asphalt repair, sealcoating, and pavement maintenance. Family-owned and operated for three generations, we have the skills and experience to deliver quality services at affordable rates. Fully licensed and insured, we guarantee your complete satisfaction! Contact us today for a free estimate!

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